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Nonnatus House is the home of the Nuns of the Order of St. Raymond Nonnatus and the Midwives, and is the headquarters for their work in midwifery and nursing in the district of Poplar, London.

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Old Nonnatus House

The Old Nonnatus House

Nonnatus House was originally located in a different building, but the first building was demolished at the end of Series Two. In Series One and Series Two, it is stated it is on Layland St, Poplar and In Series Three, after the original Nonnatus House was demolished the new Nonnatus House was moved to Wick St, Poplar. It is stated by Nurse Miller in Series Three that the building used to be a training school for Parish Workers. There are several bedrooms where the younger midwives and nurses sleep and get together for music and cocktails. The building itself has 3 bathrooms, a guest room, multiple storage facilities, a kitchen, larder, parlour, dining room, clinical room, chapel, telephone room & entrance hall. It has also as a spacious garden and allotment out front, where Fred Buckle can be seen working in several episodes. The old Nonnatus House housed the nuns from 1899 to 1958 and when it was demolished following bomb damage in the 2013 Christmas Special, the sisters and staff spend time between Xmas and Easter in temporary lodgings across Poplar. In the first episode of Series Three they move to the current building. Sister Evangelina remarks that the clinical room is "the size of county hall". In series nine of the show, Sister Julienne receives a communication in which it states that as part of a slum clearance project, the whole of the street will be demolished within two years--by mid 1967. However, the clearance program was delayed and Nonnatus House remained standing with the midwives still working there. In Series 12 the building was bought by Sir Matthew Aylward, the benefactor of Nonnatus House.

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  • Nonnatus House was named after St Raymond Nonnatus, who was born by caesarean section and is the patron saint of childbirth and pregnant women. Non natus is Latin for “not born”.
  • The nuns are based on sisters from the Anglican Community of St John the Divine, the people the real Jennifer Worth nursed with.
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