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Coram Foundling Hospital, Bloomsbury, London

Coram Foundling Hospital, Bloomsbury, London


Tree: 1. Essex Ennevers

Coram is one of the country's oldest charities and believed to be the first especially created to look after the needs of children. Coram was founded by Captain Thomas Coram who, after returning from many years at sea, was appalled by the plight and neglect of children left to die on the streets.

In 1739, Captain Coram's charitable efforts were rewarded and he received a Royal Charter from King George II to establish a "hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children". This became known as the Foundling Hospital and over the years was home to more than 27,000 children.

Captain Coram was a true visionary of his time and secured the support of many great men who lent their talents to help him raise much needed funds. The artist William Hogarth donated a number of his paintings which were housed in the Hospital. The Governors of the day would invite society's "great and good" to view the paintings and the good work carried out by the Hospital.

George Frederic Handel performed his "Messiah" on a regular basis to help raise money for the work of the Hospital. Handel was so committed to Coram's charitable endeavours that he left a fair copy of the Messiah to the Hospital in his Will. The tradition of using his music to raise money continues to this very day with a fundraising concert held every February, celebrating his music and his contribution to helping disadvantaged children.

Today, Coram continues its work to realise a vision which promotes resilience in vulnerable children and young people. This work takes many forms, but all our services focus on building self-esteem and emotional well being, preparing our children for a fulfilling adult life.


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Coram Foundling Hospital, London
Coram Foundling Hospital, London
Black and white photo of boys marching out of the London Foundling Hospital for the last time before the building was demolished and the children relocated to Redhill, Surrey c.1926.


Coram Foundling Hospital, London
Coram Foundling Hospital, London
Since demolished.


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1 SHERWOOD, Harold Lawson  Abt Mar 1905Coram Foundling Hospital, Bloomsbury, London I6845 1. Essex Ennevers 
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