The Gables Hospital

The Gables had a private theatre in its grounds and it was turned in to a hospital 1899-1902

Recently added images

  • Black and white photo. The Gables is in the background behind the trees.
  • Lords Roberts and others passing through are riding black horses.
  • Black and white photo. Mrs Cooper is sitting on a wooden chair wearing a black and white lace dress. She has a piece of paper in her hands.
  • The Gables Souvenir Medallion (Obverse)

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The Gables 1877 The Gables on South Bank was built in 1877 for Wilberforce Bryant, of Bryant and May's Matches. View
Entertainment at the Gables Hospital 1899 There was regular entertainment at the Gables Hospital, with music forming a central part - in particular the Arthur Sullivan music 'The Absent Minded Beggar'. View
The Gables Hospital (aka The Princess of Wales Hospital for Wounded Soldiers, Surbiton) 1899 The Cooper family, owners of The Gables after the Bryants, turned their private theatre in to a hospital for soldiers injured in the Boer War October 1899 - May 1902. It was the only private military hospital in existence at the time. The hospital was twice visited by its patrons the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra). Alfred Cooper received a knighthood for his services to the wounded soldiers. View
The Absent Minded Beggar 1899 Alfred Cooper paid 500 guineas at auction for the manuscript of a piece of music by Sir Arthur Sullivan called The Absent Minded Beggar. The manuscript had been sold at auction to support a Daily Mail appeal to raise money for troops fighting in the Boer War and their families. Sir Arthur Sullivan wrote to Alfred Cooper afterwards thanking him for his munificence. The letter can be viewed on this website. View
Patients, Nurses and the Coopers 1899 Patients, Nurses and the Cooper family at the Gables Hospital. Do you know why the soldiers have different hats? This photo is on our Flickr page - if you have any extra information you can leave a comment there http://www.flickr.com/photos/oakhillheritage/. From The Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
Patients, Nurses and The Coopers 1899 Patients of the Gables Hospital and the Cooper family. Can you spot one of the Cooper children? It appears that many of the soldiers had injuries to their legs, as a lot of them have crutches. Clipping from the Surrey Comet. From The Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
Poem about the Gables Hospital 1899 By Maud Maddick (Mrs Arthur Doughty) Kingston Hill. This poem was in an undated newspaper cutting within the Gables Hospital Album held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
Letter from Sir Arthur Sullivan to Sir Alfred Cooper 1899 Page 1 This page reads: 'My Dear Sir Your kind and flattering letter has only this moment come before me, as it was enclosed in a roll of music and consequently not opened immediately. It is very difficult for me to express adequately what I feel with reference to the manner in which you have permitted my name to be..' From The Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
Letter from Sir Arthur Sullivan to Sir Alfred Cooper page 2 and 3 1899 Page 2 and 3. The letter reads: '...associated with your splendid generosity. The nature of the music is intrinsically small; but I am grateful that it has, through the munificence and enthusiasm of yourself and others imbued with the same spirit, been the humble means of adding so largely to the fund devoted to the instant and immediate relief of those who sorely need it. With renewed thanks I am, my dear Sir yours very Sincerely Arthur Sullivan , Alfred Cooper' From The Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
The Gables Souvenir Medallion (Obverse) 1900 A bust of the Princess of Wales, with her hospital ship off the South African coast and ‘Transvaal War 1899-1900’ in the fields to left and right, with the circumscription, ‘Souvenir of the Princess of Wales’ Private Military Hospital. The Gables, Surbiton’. View
Patients and Nurses of The Gables Hospital 1900 Patients and Nurses on the steps of The Gables Hospital. The Cooper boys, Reginald and Frederick, are sitting on the steps. From The Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
Patients doing sport on The Gables lawn 1900 An exterior shot of a football match being played by the patients on the lawn. It looks like some patients are playing bowls in the foreground. The Gables (now Hillcroft College) can be seen in the background. Originally from the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 24 March 1900, the photo is from the Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
The Gables Hospital Interior Shot taken from the Stage 1900 This picture shows the patients in the Gables Hospital hall (Ward 1). Maybe the ones sitting around the table are playing cards. The photo is from the Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
The Gables Hospital Interior Stage Shot 1900 This picture shows the patients in the Gables Hospital hall and on the stage (Ward 1 and Ward 2 respectively). The photo is from the Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. Things to think about - what does the picture tell you about the composition of the army at the time? Why do you think Mr Cooper had to set up this hospital for wounded soldiers? View
Mr Alfred Cooper 1900 Picture of Mr Alfred Cooper, owner of The Gables, Chair of the tea merchants Messrs Ridgway Ltd, and Chairman and Proprietor of the Gardner Gun & Engineering Company. The photo is from the Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
The Gables Hospital 1900 Exterior shot of the Gables Hospital (originally built for use as a theatre), from The Lady 12th April 1900. The photo is from the Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
The Gables Hospital 1900 Ground floor plan. From The Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
The Gables Hospital 1900 First floor plan. From The Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
The Guard of Honour 1901 In January 1901 patients and Sir Alfred Cooper were invited to attend a parade that greeted the return of Lord Roberts, overall Commander of the British Forces during the successful latter part of the Boer campaign. The patients in their light blue uniforms and red caps formed a line inside the gates of Buckingham Palace to greet the arrival of Lord Roberts as his coach passed inside. Can you spot the soldier with the wooden leg? The image is a clipping from the Illustrated London News 12th January 1901. Clipping is from the Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
Lady Marion Cooper 1901 Picture of Lady Marion Cooper, wife of Sir Alfred Cooper, taken 12 January 1901. Taken from the Gables Hospital Album, Ref KX172, 1899 -1901, held by Kingston Museum and Heritage Service. View
Netball at Hillcroft College 1926 Students playing netball outside the Gables Theater (1926). Image from Hillcroft College photograph album. View
Soldiers' New Testament 1990 This picture shows the Soldiers' New Testament that was a gift to the soldiers from the Princess of Wales. It says at the bottom 'South Africa 1900', because they fought in the Boer War 1899 - 1902. It says ' ''Peace through the Blood of his Cross'' Col. I 20 ''My Peace I give unto You'' John XIV. 27'. The photo is courtesy of the Imperial War Museum. View
Soldiers' New Testament 1990 This picture shows the Soldiers' New Testament that was a gift to the soldiers from the Princess of Wales. It says at the bottom 'South Africa 1900', because they fought in the Boer War 1899 - 1902. The photo is courtesy of the Imperial War Museum. View