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« on: April 26, 2017, 22:55:52 PM »

26 April, 1793 'On this day, the original Kent and Canterbury Hospital at Longport opened its doors to admit the first patients.
Interestingly, as building work neared completion, rumours circulated that the hospital might not open due to inadequate funds.  This led to Major Robert Brownrigg seeking to hire the building as barracks.  The request was instantly rejected.

It was true that there was a financial crisis in the making.  The idea of a hospital had first been mooted at an informal get-together of worthy local gentlemen at the August 1790 Canterbury Races held at Barham Downs, an annual social highspot in the calendar for the area.
A month later a more formal meeting was convened at which it was decided to establish a 'General Hospital', and to open subscription books which resulted in an initial sum of nearly eighteen hundred pounds being raised to kick-start the purchase of the land and the construction of the building.
It had been originally planned to have a 50-bed hospital but the initial shortage of funds for the running costs meant that this was scaled back to 24 beds.

Information via 'The Kent and Canterbury Hospital, 1790 - 1987 ', F. Marcus Hall et al (The Kent Postgraduate Medical Centre At Canterbury, 1987)
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