Madison County Hospital
London is a city in and the county seat of Madison County, Ohio. Located about 25 miles southwest of the Ohio capital of Columbus, London was established in 1811 to serve as the county seat but grew slowly, having only 297 residents in 1840. By 1846, London only contained two churches, a private school, eight stores, and one newspaper office. Over the next several decades, London's population grew dramatically, partly due to the completion of two railroads that passed through the town. By the late 1850s, London became a center of livestock auctions, attracting people from across the U.S. The number of town residents increased to 3,292 people by 1890. During the twentieth century, London continued to grow. With a population of 8,771 people, London was Madison County's largest community in 2000. The main reason for this increase was the large number of residents from Columbus, in nearby Franklin County, who sought to escape that city's busyness by moving to more rural, neighboring communities.