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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): CLA/071
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1594-1984
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 8 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Emanuel Hospital was founded in 1600 after a bequest by Lady Anne Dacre who directed her executors to buy land at Tothill Fields, Westminster, and build a hospital or almshouse for 20 poor people and 20 poor children. The hospital would be supported by revenue from Brandburton manor and estates in Yorkshire. The executors were to appoint the governors of the hospital during their lifetimes, after which the responsibility would fall to the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London. The hospital was rebuilt in 1701 and extended in 1728. In 1794 an Act of Parliament was obtained by the Lord Mayor to increase the number of people who could benefit from the hospital, and in that year 10 pensioners were selected for the hospital and the number of children was increased. In 1873 the educational part of the hospital was separated and joined other Westminster schools under the title 'United Westminster Schools'.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Emanuel Hospital, 1594-1984, including documents relating to the foundation and history of the hospital, financial accounts, papers regarding staff, rules and regulations, weekly reports by the master of the Hospital, title deeds, petitions for admittance to the hospital, committee minutes and papers, papers relating to the management and sale of the Brandburton estates, Charity Commissioner's orders relating to the hospital and papers regarding the admission and care of pensioners at the hospital.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections according to catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In 1873, the pupils were detached from Emanuel Hospital and allied to other charitable schools (St Margaret's Hospital, Palmer's Charity and Emery Hill's Charity) in Westminster in a new institution, the United Westminster Schools. Records of the United Westminster Schools 1873-1962 are held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. There are also a few archives relating to the sale of the Brandesburton estate in 1919 at the East Riding Archive and Records Service.

For Corporation of London records relating to hospitals, almshouses and workhouses, see CLA/064: Almshouses and Hospitals, CLA/065: Bethlem Hospital, CLA/066: Bridewell Hospital, CLA/067: Christ's Hospital, CLA/068: Royal Hospitals, CLA/069: Saint Thomas' Hospital, CLA/070: Saint Bartholomew's Hospital, CLA/071: Emanuel Hospital, CLA/075: London Workhouse, COL/CC/EHC: Court of Common Council Emanuel Hospital Committee, COL/CC/LUC: Court of Common Council Lunatic Asylum Committee, COL/CC/RHC: Court of Common Council Royal Hospitals Committee, COL/CHD/IC: Chamberlain's Department: Institutions and Courts, COL/CT: Charities, and COL/PL, COL/PLD/PL, COL/SVD/PL and COL/TSD/AD for building plans. There are also various papers in the Corporation of London collection relating to public health. See the Hospital Records Database on The National Archives website for the locations of hospital records held in other repositories.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
February 2009

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