Hospital Street Barracks

Location: 17°44’41.52″N 64°42’2.78″W

The military hospital on Hospital Street was surrounded partly by a wall, and partly a fence. It had a residence for the hospital warden, sickrooms and slave quarters, along with a free-standing kitchen and privy. In the yard there was a large cistern for collecting rainwater.

The conditions were atrocious but the patients did not dare complain. Officer Peter Lotharius Oxholm, in about 1780, recommended it be torn down and a new one be constructed outside the town, and the construction of the hospital at Peters Farm was started in the very early 1800’s, but the old hospital was refurbished to be a barracks for soldiers providing a better response to the east end of the island. (ref. Danish National Archives)

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