Catalogue description Records of the LONDON HOSPITAL, Whitechapel

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Title: Records of the LONDON HOSPITAL, Whitechapel
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The records are arranged as follows:-

 

ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS

 

Charter, Standing Orders, Bye-laws, etc. 1758 - 1949

 

Court of Governors: Minutes 1740 - 1953

 

Agenda books 1907 - 1953

 

Reports 1742 - 1948

 

House Committee: Minutes 1741 - 1948

 

Draft minutes 1750 - 1840

 

Agenda books 1913 - 1917

 

Attendance books 1902 - 1932

 

Committees and Sub-Committees: minutes 1779 - 1968

 

Associated organisations (Accumulating Fund, Stewards of the Anniversary Feast, etc.): Minutes, accounts and papers 1744 - 1942

 

Board of Governors: Minutes 1948 - 1974

 

Committees and Sub-Committees: Minutes 1948 - 1974

 

Board, Committees and Sub-Committees: Agenda papers 1948 - 1979

 

Joint Hospital Services Committees (Tower Hamlets and City and Hackney): Minutes and agenda papers 1969 - 1973

 

Annual reports 1741 -1978

 

House Visitors' books 1750 - 1924

 

Reports etc. to the House Committee 1779 - 1931

 

Inventories etc. 1796 - 1951

 

Governors: registers, lists, etc. 1841 - 1948

 

Medical staff: registers, applications, etc. 1744 - 1954

 

Lay, domestic and ancillary staff: registers, etc. 1867 - 1942

 

Anniversary sermons 1747 - 1834

 

Secretary's and House Governor's correspondence and papers 1750 - 1964

 

House Governor's files 1898 - 1974

 

House Committee Chairmen's papers 1898 -

 

Newspaper cuttings, scrapbook, etc. 1833 - 1977

 

Hospital newsletters, magazines, etc. 1933 - 1974

 

TITLE DEEDS, LEASES, TRUSTS, ETC.

 

Title Deeds 1713 - 1942

 

Miscellaneous agreements relating to the Hospital Estate 1809 - 1958

 

Leases of the Hospital Estate 1809 - 1950

 

Endowments, Trusts, etc. 1824 - 1950

 

FINANCIAL RECORDS

 

Treasurer's ledgers 18740 - 1951

 

Treasurer's cash books 1749 - 1968

 

Journals 1824 - 1947

 

Cashier's cash books 1930 - 1948

 

House Governor's cash books 1937 - 1957

 

House Steward's cash books 1749 - 1816

 

House Steward's ledgers 1752 - 1811

 

Tradesmen's ledgers 1751 - 1814

 

Legacies, donations, endowments, subscriptions, etc. 1743 - 1947

 

Estate financial records 1784 - 1966

 

Salaries and wages 1742 - 1958

 

Annual statements of account 1746 - 1947

 

Miscellaneous 1744 - 1937

 

Pensions records 1912 - 1942

 

PATIENT RECORDS

 

In-patient registers 1760 - 1947

 

Diagnostic indexes 1895 - 1947

 

Operations registers 1862 - 1954

 

Special Department registers 1900 - 1952

 

Maternity records 1893 - 1941

 

Death registers 1902 - 1958

 

Receiving Room (A.& E.) registers 1940 - 1947

 

Out-patients: analyses of attendance 1924 - 1954

 

Venereal Diseases (Whitechapel Clinic) 1929 - 1957

 

Zachary Merton Annexe, Banstead: 1968 - 1977

 

Private Wards, Fielden House (London Hospital) 1942 - 1984

 

"Marie Celeste" Home, Woodford Green 1969 - 1973

 

Case notes: loose selections 1870 - 1938

 

Pre 1948 case notes: microfilms and bound volumes 1889 - 1944

 

Case summaries: microfilms 1916 - 1951

 

Sector summaries: microfilms 1939 - 1947

 

Post 1948 case notes: microfilms 1948 - 1960

 

Medical history records: deceased patients (microfilms) 1965-1979

 

NURSING RECORDS

 

Nurse Probationers registers 1880 - 1944

 

Pupil Nurse Probationers

 

(Tredegar House) registers 1895 - 1940

 

Pupil Midwives registers 1905 - 1941

 

Sisters and Nurses registers 1880 - 1946

 

Private Nursing Institution registers 1886 - 1946

 

Official Ward Books 1901 - 1941

 

Matron's Correspondence and papers 1884-1958

 

London Hospital League of Nurses 1932 to date

 

Miscellaneous 1937-1976

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Albums 1899 - 1982

 

Buildings, etc. c.1890 - 1980

 

Individuals c.1890-1982

 

Groups c1895-c1920

 

Miscellaneous c1890-c1988

 

SURVEYORS AND ESTATE RECORDS

 

Estate maps and plans 1783 - 1957

 

Hospital buildings; plans and drawings 1752 - 1981

 

Estate buildings: plans and drawings 1891 - 1932

 

Hospital buildings: miscellaneous 1905 - 1963

 

Estate: miscellaneous 1807 - 1948

 

RECORDS FROM UNOFFICIAL SOURCES

 

PERSONS/SUBJECTS FILES

 

Persons

 

Subjects

 

CHAPLAINS DEPARTMENT

 

Registers of baptisms 1888 - 1990

 

Service registers 1880 - 1972

 

Confirmation registers 1948 - 1966

 

Files 1957 - 1990

 

Miscellaneous 1995 - 1991

 

LONDON LINDEN HALL ASSOCIATION LIMITED 1920 - 1979

 

LONDON HOSPITAL (LIGATURE DEPARTMENT) LIMITED 1920 - 1950

 

MICROBIOLOGY DEPARTMENT 1948 - 1968

 

MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT 1945 - 1980

 

ORTHOPAEDIC DEPARTMENT 1953 - 1954

 

DISPENSARY 1942 - 1986

 

LONDON HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY 1933 - 1989

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT 1964 - 1978

 

RADIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT

 

1. Case books, registers of patients, etc. 1903 - 1961

 

2. Miscellaneous records 1943 - 1954

 

RADIOLOGY DEPARTMENT 1924-1970

Date: (1740 - 1991)
Related material:

For general histories of the London Hospital, see: The London (2 vols., published by Pitman Medical, 1862, 1963) and London Pride (published by Hutchinson Benham, 1979), both by A. E. Clark-Kennedy. See also A brief history of the Royal London Hospital by Sheila Collins, (RLH Archives & Museum, 1995).

Held by: Royal London Hospital Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Creator:

London Hospital (Whitechapel)

Physical description: 97 series
Subjects:
  • Stamford Hill, Middlesex
  • Clapton, Middlesex
  • Hackney, Middlesex
  • Shoreditch, Middlesex
  • Stoke Newington, Midlesex
  • Dalston, Middlesex
  • Homerton, Middlesex
Administrative / biographical background:

The London Infirmary, as it was originally called, was established in the Autumn of 1740 and received its first patients on 3rd November, in a rented house in Featherstone Street. In the following May the Hospital moved to rented premises in Prescot Street. It was soon apparent, however, that converted houses were not adequate and the search began for a site on which a new building could be erected. In 1752 the foundation stone of the present building was laid. The first patients were admitted in 1757 and the building of the front block was completed in 1759. There have been many subsequent alterations, developments and extensions, but parts of the original building are still in use.

 

In 1755 and 1772 the Governors of the Hospital were able to purchase the two moieties, or halves, of Red Lyon Farm, which lay immediately behind the Hospital, between Whitechapel Road and Commercial Road. Many of the Hospital's departments are built on parts of the former London Hospital Estate.

 

Management of the Charity was originally in the hands of all the subscribers but, as they increased in numbers, this became impracticable. As early as April 1741 a Grand Committee was appointed to meet weekly, to transact the general business of the Hospital; this Committee developed into the House Committee, which exercised effective control, until its abolition in 1948. The subscriber's meetings became the Court of Governors, which normally met quarterly, and to which the House Committee reported. In 1758 the Hospital was granted a Royal Charter, which gave the Governors corporate status. Under the terms of the National Health Act, 1946, the Court of Governors and the House Committee were replaced by a Board of Governors in 1948. This Board was itself dissolved in 1974, when the Hospital became a part of the Tower Hamlets Health District in the City and East London Health Authority (Teaching).

 

Executive authority was at first split between several officers: the Secretary, the Steward, the Apothecary and the Chaplain; all exercised varying degrees of authority at different times. In 1806 a Superintendent was appointed and thereafter this officer, later called the House Governor, was the principal Executive Officer.

 

The original object of the Hospital was the "The relief of all sick and diseased persons and, in particular, manufacturers, seamen in the merchant service and their wives and children". The London Hospital has always been a general one and, by the end of the nineteenth century, was the largest voluntary, general Hospital in the United Kingdom. In the early years of this century the number of beds passed 1,000 on several occasions.

 

From the 1740's pupils had been taken on by members of the medical staff to "Walk the wards". In 1783 William Blizard and Dr. James Maddocks sought the Governors' support for the erection of a Lecture Theatre, so that both practical and theoretical education could be received on the same site. As a result a Lecture Theatre, which later developed into the Medical College, was opened in 1785. Until 1854 it remained largely independent of the Hospital but, from then until 1948, the Hospital House Committee exercised ultimate authority over the College. The College's records are listed seperately.

 

For many years the London Hospital had a number of Annexes and Convalescent Homes associated with it. At various times the Hospital managed the Zachary Merton Home, Banstead; the Brentwood Annexe; the Herman de Stern Home, Felixstowe; the Catherine Gladstone Home, Mitcham; the Croft and Fairfield Annexes in Reigate and the Hore and Marie Celeste Homes in Woodford. There was also Hayes Grove, a Home for Sick Nurses.

 

From 1945 until 1972 Queen Mary's Maternity Home, Hampstead, was managed by the Hospital. Its records are in the Royal London Hospital Archives, but are listed separately.

 

In 1968 Mile End and St. Clement's Hospitals were transferred to the management of the Board of Governors and were designated to the London Hospital (Mile End) and the London Hospital (St. Clement's). Some records of both these Hospitals are in the Royal London Hospital Archives, but are listed separately.

 

The "Marie Celeste" Samaritan Society was founded in 1791 to provide for London Hospital patients various welfare benefits, such as artificial limbs, periods of convalescence or special diets, which were beyond the resources of the Hospital. The records of this Society are in the Royal London Hospital Archives, but are listed separately.

 

Records received from various smaller departments, such as the Chaplains', Radiology, Public Relations, etc., and from sources outside the Hospital, are not included in this list.

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