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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H34/CF
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1885-1990
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.06 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Chase Farm Hospital | 1938-1948 x Chase Farm School Infirmary | 1886-1938


Administrative/Biographical history:

Chase Farm Schools were opened in 1886 by Edmonton Board of Guardians to accommodate 500 children. They replaced the former Edmonton Union Schools also in Enfield on the site now occupied by St Michael's Hospital. By 1930 when the Schools were transferred to Middlesex County Council, the Medical Officer of Health for Middlesex reported that the buildings intended for the accommodation and education of 600 children were under-utilised. Only 300 children were resident in the Schools and a change of policy meant that they now attended ordinary day schools in the area. The lower floor of the Infirmary and another block were now used for the care of 82 sick children and infants transferred from the North Middlesex Hospital. It was decided to adapt another isolated block to accommodate 37 bedridden infirm women from Edmonton House and North Middlesex Hospital. By 1938 Chase Farm as it was now known, had almost ceased to be a children's home and had become a hospital for the elderly. On the outbreak of war in 1939 Chase Farm became an emergency hospital with 800 beds. In 1948 it became part of the National Health Service as a general hospital under the control of the North East Thames Regional Health Authority and Enfield Hospital Management Committee.

In 1992 it became the Chase Farm Hospital NHS Trust and in 1999 was joined with Barnet Hospital to become the Barnet and Chase Farms NHS Trust. During the 1990's a large amount of building work took place including the construction of the 'Highlands Wing' a new surgical block. All the wards were also refurbished. The site is also the base for the Enfield Community Care NHS Trust which provides community services, learning disabilities and mental health services.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Chase Farm Hospital comprising plan of Edmonton Union New Schools showing layout of buildings and soil drains; plan of drains showing infirmary, cottage homes and infants school only and plan of drains, including ground floor plans of main building, infants school, cottage homes and infirmary, 1885-1889.

Also includes patient records (1938 - 1974), Medical School publication (1969 - 1990), staff recruitment display boards and redevelopment photographs (195- - 197-) and patient information booklets (1962 - 1972).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

These records are arranged according to a classification scheme for hospital records: General Hospital Administration (A), Patients' Administration (B), Finance Office (D), Endowments (E), Related Documentation (Y) and Prints and Photographs (PH).

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the Depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1992, 2007 and 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further information see: - Records of Edmonton Board of Guardians (BG/E)

Annual reports of the Medical Officer of Health for Middlesex 1930-1937

Middlesex County Council: Minutes of the Public Health Committee and its Northern Hospitals and Institutions Sub-Committee 1930-1948 Middlesex County Council Children's Department. Registers of children and old ladies at Chase Farm 1887-1953 (MCC/CH/REG 3-22)

King's Fund reports and papers 1953-1966 (A/KE/735/19/1-2, A/KE/738/16).

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:
Added February 2009. Updated July 2017.

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