Excerpt from a letter from a former resident to the Central Nursing Office at the London Hospital, 11 October 1987:1
The above property is situated on the corner of Newark Street and Turner Street, the entrance in Turner Street. Facing Newark Street is the side of St Philip’s Church, the opposite corner Gwynne House, a dull grey building. Formerly it was known as ‘Crofts’, latterly as 28 Newark Street.
This residence was run as a boarding/guest house for medical students by a Mr and Mrs Croft from 1932 to the outbreak of the Second World War. Mr Croft worked as a steward/waiter in the medical college in one of their dining rooms. What it was used for during the war I do not know... In 1947 it became a very senior sisters' house, each had a sitting room, separate bedroom, shared bathrooms, and a kitchen for all to use. I lived in this residence for nearly three years... I have no knowledge of its usage from the autumn of 1954 to 1972. The structural repair of this building was undertaken by an estate office run by the London Hospital, it cared for other properties belonging to the hospital.
Royal London Hospital Archives, RLHLH/Z/2, Gwynne House Subject File ↩
Excerpt from Historic England list entry for 28 Newark Street (listed at Grade II):
NEWARK STREET E1 1. 4431 (South Side) No 28 TQ 3481 15/494 II GV 2. Early C19. Stock brick with parapet, roof not visible. 3 storeys and basement, 2 windows each. Gauged flat arches to recessed windows on 1st and 2nd floors, those on 1st floor, in round arched recesses. Sashes and French casements with glazing. Brick band below coping. Stone band at 1st floor. Both houses now form one block, former door on Newark Street replaced by sash window.
No 28 to 42 (even) form a group with St Augustine with St Philip's Church, Stepney Way.1
Historic England, National Heritage List for England, list entry number: 1357858 (online: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list- entry/1357858, accessed 26 August 2016). ↩