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CHELSEA'S ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR OLD SOLDIERS

CHELSEA'S ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR OLD SOLDIERS

Nell Gwynn is said, by popular legend, to have prompted her royal lover to found Chelsea Hospital. Charles II, whether urged by "pretty, witty Nell " or no, certainly did found it, though he did not live to see it completed. According to the Latin inscription on the frieze in the great quadrangle, James II enlarged the place, and William III and Mary completed the good work in 1690. On Founder's Day, May 29, Charles's statue, in the courtyard, is wreathed in oak leaves, while the pensioners receive double rations.

Other pictures from Landmarks of Old London


A PARISH PUMP OF OLD LONDON AT ALDGATE

SAD STATE OF S. JOHN'S GATE, CLERKENWELL, IN 1880

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