University College Hospital


University College Hospital

The hospital where George Orwell married.

Location: Gower Place, Bloomsbury

Description: University College Hospital is a teaching hospital, part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and associated with University College London.

The hospital was founded (as North London Hospital) in 1834 to provide clinical training for the medical classes of the university.

In 1835, Robert Liston became the first professor of clinical surgery here, and the first major operation under ether in Europe was conducted here by Liston on the 21st December 1846.

Crime author Agatha Christie worked here during the Second World War, learning a lot about poisons that she included in her novels such as 1961s The Pale Horse. The theme of thallium poisoning, was apparently suggested by UCH Chief Pharmacist Harold Davis.

1984 author George Orwell married Sonia Brownell in 1949, and later died 21 January 1950, in room 65 of the hospital.

Many famous Londoners were born here including comedian Dick Emery.

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University College Hospital

The hospital where George Orwell married.

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