TQ3278 : Walworth Clinic, Larcom Street stair tower

taken 6 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

Walworth Clinic, Larcom Street stair tower
Walworth Clinic, Larcom Street stair tower
Walworth Clinic was a pioneering borough health centre, opened in 1937.
Walworth Clinic, Walworth Road, London SE17
The former Public Health Centre at Southwark was one of a series of pioneering health centres built at the end of the 1930s, in advance of the 1946 National Health Services Act which made their construction a duty of health authorities. Its foundation stone was laid on 11 July 1936 and the building opened on 25 September 1937.

A plaque on the building's facade bears a powerful quotation translated from Cicero: “The health of the people is the highest law”. The new building brought all the borough's health services under one roof, prefiguring the integrated, cradle-to-grave ethos of the 1948 NHS. The sculptural group that crowns the facade is a striking emblem of the centre's focus on mothers and children in what was a deprived part of London in the interwar years.

The design, by the Borough Engineer Percy Smart, is admired for its external massing, jazzy, Deco-style detailing and good quality materials and craftsmanship. The rear part of the building appears now to be a training centre for jobseekers. The building appears in front of Newington Library in Stephen McKay’s long view TQ3278 : Walworth Road, Walworth.

The Walworth Clinic is listed Grade II; English Heritage has a full and interesting history and description at:
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This shared description is largely composed of extracts from it.

Original author: Robin Stott, 7 February 2015
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Saturday, 8 February, 2014   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 7 February, 2015
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Health and social services  Flat landscapes 
Place (from Tags)
Walworth 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3224 7857 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.4373N 0:5.7981W
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Health Centre  Postcode Area SE17  Moderne 

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