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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H58/SL
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1900-1941
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.28 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Saint Luke's Hospital | Chelsea x Saint Luke's Workhouse


Administrative/Biographical history:

A workhouse for St Luke's Parish, Chelsea, was first constructed in 1737. An infirmary was added in 1872. In 1930 the workhouse was taken over by the London County Council, while in 1948 it became part of the new National Health Service (NHS) as Saint Luke's Hospital, Chelsea. It was managed by the South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board and the Chelsea and Kensington Hospital Management Committee. Saint Luke's was closed in 1974.

Source of information: Peter Higginbotham at The Workhouse website.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Saint Luke's Hospital, Chelsea, comprising registers of probationer nurses and certificates, rosettes and medals from the London Garden Society Awards.

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 open to public inspection, although under section 5(4) of the 1958 Public Records Act administrative records are closed for 30 years and patient records for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

B02/050, B08/083

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also Chelsea Board of Guardians Ch.B.G., London County Council Central Public Health committee 1929 - 1934, Hospitals and Medical Services committee 1934 - 1948, London county Council Public Health, General and Special Hospitals Committee PH/HOSP/3.

Publication note:

For further information regarding the Saint Luke's Workhouse please see website The Workhouse at

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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