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The French Hospital near Old Street. Exterior view of the French Hospital in Bath Street, near Old Street, from William Maitland's 'History and Survey of London'. Huguenot refugees bought a piece of land in Old Street. They purchased it with a bequest from wealthy Huguenot Jacques de Gastigny. They aimed to extend and improve an existing hospice for French Protestants and their descendants in England. Known as 'La Providence', by 1860 the French Hospital sheltered 234 poor people. Two years later a new and larger hospital was built in Victoria Park in Hackney. An offshoot of this organisation is now located in Kent. It continues to provide sheltered housing for elderly people of Huguenot heritage.
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