Chelsea Hospital - This hospital is destined to be an asylum for the veteran soldiery. It is situate in the middle of the village of Chelsea, on the banks of the Thames, and about a mile and half from St. James’s Park.
This edifice was begun by Charles II. continued by James II. and finished by William III. It is a noble brick building; and in the centre of the court is a pedestrian statue of Charles II. The gardens are charming, well kept, and watered by the Thames. This building was erected according to the plan of Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Paul’s.—It is admired very much for its great regularity, and an happy subordination of its parts.—It cost £150,000 and the whole extent of its situation is upwards of forty acres.—The Invalids are provided with cloaths, provisions, washing, lodgings, &c.
In the same village is the Botanic Garden belonging to the Apothecaries Company, which was first established by Sir Hans Sloane; and well merits the attention of the curious.