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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H62/SH
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1888-1977
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.22 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Southern Hospital x Southern Convalescent Hospital x Gore Farm Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1890 Gore Farm Hospital was established by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a smallpox hospital. From 1902 it became a convalescent hospital for fever patients. Patients were transferred to Gore Farm from fever and isolation hospitals around London for convalescence before returning home. On the 10 April 1911 Gore Farm was renamed the Southern Convalescent Hospital.
In the First World War, Lower Southern Hospital was taken over for treatment of German Prisoners of War, as Dartford War Hospital. Those who died were exhumed in 1960s and their remains buried at cemetery in Cannock Chase. For further information contact Francine Payne (website link given below).
In 1918 the Southern Hospital was taken over by the United States government for the use of sick and wounded American servicemen. In 1930 the hospital passed into the administrative control of the London County Council. The hospital closed in 1948 with the reorganisation of public health under the National Health Act.
For further information visit website managed by Francine Payne: (correct as of August 2010).


Scope and content/abstract:

These records consist of photographs of the staff of the Southern Hospital, Dartford; and plans of Gore Farm Convalescent Hospital, Gore Farm Lower Hospital, Southern Lower Hospital, Southern Hospital and Mabledon Park, Darenth.

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:

Records deposited in 2001 and 2005.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also: H66: Darenth and Dartford Hospital Management Committee; Saint Olave's/Bermondsey Board of Guardians B.B.G., Metropolitan Asylums Board, 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:

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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