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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Charing Cross Hospital


Reference code(s): GB 0098 Charing Cross Hospital

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: Charing Cross Hospital

Date(s): Created 1821-1976

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: approximately 5 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Charing Cross Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charing Cross Hospital was established in 1823 in Villiers Street, London, as a charitable institution known as the West London Infirmary. The institution had its orgins in a meeting initiated by Dr Benjamin Golding in 1818. The infirmary provided accommodation for twelve beds, and became known as Charing Cross Hospital in 1827.
A new building was opened in Agar Street in 1834 with accommodation for twenty-two students, and was extended several times.
After the second world war it was decided that the hospital should move out of cental London, and in 1957 a link was proposed with Fulham and West London Hospitals. The new Charing Cross Hospital was opened in 1973 on Fulham Palace Road, on the site of the old Fulham Hospital.
John Howship (1781-1841) was assistant surgeon, 1834-1836, and then surgeon, 1836-1841, to Charing Cross Hospital. His casebooks contain notes and letters concerning patient cases, and some illustrations.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Charing Cross Hospital, 1818-1976, comprising Dr Golding's minute book, 1818-1821; minutes of the Hospital Management Committee, 1821-1976 (formerly the Committee of Management and Board of Governors); Weekly Board Minutes, 1836-1911; minutes of the Finance Committee, 1865-1919, 1932-1971; Medical Committee, 1863-1968; Medical Advisory Committee, 1966-1976; Group Medical Committee, 1958-1966; Executive Committee, 1967-1974; House Committee, 1948-1972; General Purposes and Finance Committee, 1913-1917, 1948-1967; Establishment Committee, 1948-1953, 1964-1965; Medical and Dental Staffing Committee, 1948-1949; Special Appeal Committees, 1896-1911, 1926-1928; Survey Sub-Committee, 1949; Building Committee, 1828-1833, 1885-1905; Convalescent Home Committee, 1890-1915; Subcommittees' minutes, 1884-1914; Ladies Guild, 1904-1933; Planning committee of new medical school, 1959-1963; Pathological Services Committee, 1963-1966; annual reports, 1868-1974; Chairman's Reports, 1931-1937;
charters, rules and bylaws, 1883-[1957], notably Charters of Incorporation, 1883, 1887, 1948, bylaws, 1947, standing orders [1950-1957];
audited accounts, 1953-1964;
administrative records, notably hospital visitors' book, 1870-1917; list of pharmacists, 1868-1878; plans of the hospital; insurance and legal papers; plans and charts; photographs; hospital diet, 1828; legacy book, 1835-1894; souvenir programmes, [1899-1901];
operating theatre lists, 1892-1900; case books of John Howship, [1817-1831]; prescription book of the hospital dispensary, 1930s.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A preliminary list is available at the College Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were transferred to the College Archives from the Charing Cross Campus Library in July 2000.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Records of Charing Cross Hospital Medical School/Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, held at Imperial College.

Charing Cross Hospital holds records, 1818-1979; London Metropolitan Archives holds records, 1897-1947; Charing Cross Hospital League of Nurses holds some nursing records; Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Archives Service holds surviving records of the Fulham Hospital, the Western Hospital and the West London Hospital.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Imperial College School of Medicine: A History of the Future Anne Barrett; Wellcome Trust and Public Record Office Hospital Records Database. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2000

Hospitals | Health services
Patients | Health services
Pharmacists | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Surgery | Medical sciences
Medical institutions
Social sciences
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Charing Cross Hospital