FROM THE FEVER HOSPITAL STEPS TO HARDWICK STREET
I walked from the top of the Fever Hospital Steps all the way along Richmond Hill to Hardwick Street.
Hardwick Street may be named after Philip Yorke, the Third Earl of Hardwicke, who was the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1801 to 1806.
The Cork Fever Hospital and House of Recovery was founded in the year 1802 by Dr. Milner Barry from Bandon, Co. Cork. Fever was endemic in Ireland at the time. The buildings were situated in an ‘airy part’ of the city at the top of Richmond Hill; the steps leading to the hospital from the Murphy’s Brewery area were known as the Fever Hospital steps. The cost of erecting the buildings and the running expenses of the hospital were met mainly by charitable donations, and the administration of the hospital were by a voluntary management committee.