The Old Public Hospital in Belize City, erected in 1820
The Public Hospital stands near the extremity of the North Town, on the sea shore, on the spot where Fort Nugent formerly stood, some of the guns of which lie dismounted round the building.
The distance from the Hospital to New Town Barracks is short. It was originally intended for sick and indigent seamen, and built by a tonnage duty, of which official returns have been made. But the wretchedness of poor white persons, to whose constitutional predispositions
the effects of a tropical climate are hostile, called for an extension of the establishment, and now free paupers of all classes are allowed admission into the house.
Its benefits are nominally for sick and indigent seamen, and strangers; but virtually for every free person, without respect to distinctions of class. The patients are admitted on the order which may be had on making application to a Magistrate.
The hospital opened in 1820 opened and was demolished in 2004. The KHMH was opened in 1995, subsequently a few years after the Old Public Hospital was destroyed.
I was hospitalized in that hospital, and I used to see the British Army Jump Jet Harriers trying to dive into the sea as part of their training. No a.c. No fans. It was all nice breeze from the Caribbean Sea. I can go on and on.
Source: Honduras Almanac 1829
Photographs courtesy The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project
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