Mary Seacoles House


Mary Seacoles House

Pioneering heroine of the Crimean War Mary Seacole lived here.

Location: 14 Soho Square, Soho, W1D 3QG

Description: Mary Seacole (1805-1881) was a pioneering Jamaican nurse and a heroine of the Crimean War.

From the age of 12, she helped her mother at the hospital in Kingston, Jamaica where yellow fever was rampant. Mary worked with her mother to use traditional Jamaican remedies to help the sick from plants, herbs and spices.

As an adult, Mary travelled to Panama to treat people suffering from cholera, and then she went to the Crimea to treat the British and Russian soldiers fighting a war there. Mary Nightingale had recently set up a hospital and was rejected as a nurse there, perhaps because of her race. Did that deter Mary Seacole? No, she founded the British Hotel, her very own hospital on the front line, to help the many troops suffering from effects of the war and disease.

After the Crimean War, Mary returned to London with very little money (declared bankrupt in 1856), and in poor health, requiring newspapers to plead for support and donations (many from soldiers).

She lived here and she started writing her autobiography The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands here, and the building in adorned with a blue plaque.

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Mary Seacoles House

Pioneering heroine of the Crimean War Mary Seacole lived here.

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