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Manchester Royal Infirmary


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The Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) is a hospital in Manchester, England which was founded by Charles White in 1752 as a cottage hospital capable of caring for twelve patients. Its first premises was a house in Withy Grove, Manchester.

It grew in importance and needed to expand, the infirmary moved to considerably larger premises in the area now known as Piccadilly Gardens (the gardens were only created after the demolition of the former MRI buildings in 1914).

A fire in nearby buildings showed hospital staff that the crowdedness of the area would badly hamper evacuation if there was a fire in the hospital. In 1908, in partnership with the Victoria University of Manchester, it relocated to its present site on Oxford Road opposite Whitworth Park.

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