Joseph William Noble (1797 – 1861) was an English physician and Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom. He died from cholera while vacationing in Málaga. On his deathbed, he specified money from his estate be used to build a medical facility near the port. The mission was to treat ailing seamen, visiting foreigners and the poor. Hospital Noble opened in 1870. The adjoining Chapel of the Sacred Descent was finished five years later. The English Gothic structure is now owned by the city and house municipal offices.