BARTS stories

The Square

The Square connects the doctors with the patients with the buildings at the heart of the hospital.

"The Square in summer, with nurses talking beside the fountain. Group of uniformed nurses, a uniformed porter and a patient. One of the shelters is visible and there are a few cars parked in the Square."
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The archive images used in the film are shown below.

Barts Hospital Archive ref. SBHX6/2

‘Perspective view’ of the Square at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Print by WH Toms after R West, 1739

Wellcome Library ref. 21700i

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London: the courtyard, with several people. Coloured engraving.

1752

Barts Health NHS Trust Archives ref. SBHX/1056

The Square in summer, with nurses talking beside the fountain. Group of uniformed nurses, a uniformed porter and a patient. One of the shelters is visible and there are a few cars parked in the Square.

c.1965

Nursing Mirror
Barts Health NHS Trust Archives ref. SBHB/MP/2/64

Boy in dressing gown and coat, fishing in the fountain, supervised by a nurse.

1953

Barts Health NHS Trust Archives ref. SBHX8/223

Nurse with food tray and male bed patient in Square.

1929

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British Pathé

Film – Nurses at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

1973

Barts Health NHS Trust Archives ref. SBHX8/169

Doctors and students congregating in the Square. Several dozen men are conversing in the Square; some are seated on the rim of the Fountain, at right. The North and East Wings are visible behind them, and the trees are in full leaf. 

A duplicate of part of this photograph is dated June 1906 and inscribed “1 o’clock”, indicating the time when junior doctors and students assembled to await the start of the ward rounds.

1906

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