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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H15/SW
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1868-1990
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 0.95 linear metres
Name of creator(s): South Western Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

The South Western Hospital was originally built by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as two separate, adjacent hospitals, Stockwell Fever Hospital and Stockwell Smallpox Hospital. Stockwell Smallpox Hospital opened on 31 January 1871 to admit patients suffering from the virulent epidemic of smallpox that was then afflicting London. Stockwell Fever Hospital was also initially used to treat smallpox patients. As a result of a report of a Royal Commission in 1882, the Metropolitan Asylums Board decided to stop admitting smallpox cases to hospitals within London. They were to be sent instead to hospitals established in isolated positions on the banks of the Thames or to hospital ships on the river. The two Stockwell Hospitals, now renamed the South Western Hospital, were converted in 1884 to form one hospital to be used for patients suffering from infectious diseases.

In 1930 the Hospital was transferred from the Metropolitan Asylums Board to the London County Council. In 1948 it became part of the National Health Service as one of the Lambeth Group of hospitals within the South West Metropolitan region. In 1968 it was transferred to the Board of Governors of St Thomas' Hospital and in 1982 passed to West Lambeth Health Authority.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the South Western Hospital, including House Committee minutes, 1948-1959; Catering Sub-Committee minutes, 1950-1962; architect's drawings of Stockwell Fever Hospital, 1869; architect's drawings of Stockwell Smallpox Hospital, 1869; admission and discharge registers for Stockwell Smallpox Hospital, 1871-1876; mortuary register, 1947-1963; register of staff, [1889]-1904 and photographs of the Geriatric Day Unit, 1973-1990.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections according to catalogue.

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:

Received in multiple accessions between 1987 and 2000. (ACC/2530, ACC/3431, ACC/3513, B00/015).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For records relating to the administration of the hospital 1868 - 1930 see the records of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, including minutes of the South Western District Hospital Sub-Committee 1868 - 1930 (ref. MAB/1141-1167), annual reports of the Committee

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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