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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H24/AM
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1949 -1959
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 0.27 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Clapham Maternity Hospital | 1889-1935 x Annie McCall Maternity Hospital | 1935-1970


Administrative/Biographical history:

Clapham Maternity Hospital was founded in 1889 by Dr Annie McCall and Miss Marion Ritchie. It was the first maternity hospital where women were treated only by female doctors, and where midwives, maternity nurses and female medical students were trained entirely by women. Poor married women were admitted to the hospital, as were unmarried women expecting their first child. A district midwifery service was also provided to deliver women in their own homes. In 1935 the name of the hospital was changed to the Annie McCall Maternity Hospital.

The hospital was situated initially at 41 and 43 Jeffreys Road, Clapham. Later 39 Jeffreys Road was purchased to enable the hospital to expand. By 1939 it had 50 beds for in-patients. In 1935 the name of the hospital was changed to the Annie McCall Maternity Hospital.

The hospital was severely damaged by bombing in 1940, which necessitated the complete evacuation of the patients and the closing down of the hospital. By 1948 three beds had been opened in a house connected to the hospital. The antenatal clinic and some district midwifery services were resumed. The hospital was rebuilt within its old walls and by 1954 had 36 beds in use. In 1948 the Annie McCall Maternity Hospital was transferred to the National Health Service and became part of the Lambeth Group of Hospitals of the South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board. In 1964 most of the hospitals in the Lambeth Group, including the Annie McCall Maternity Hospital, became part of the newly formed South West London Group. The hospital closed in 1970.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Annie McCall Maternity Hospital comprising minute books for the House Committee, 1949-1959.

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

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Clapham Maternity Hospital 1889-1935; Annie McCall Maternity Hospital 1935-1970.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were transferred to the London Metropolitan Archives on 6 May 1987 (Acc/2422) with the records of the South London Hospital for Women and Children.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Registers of children baptised at the Annie McCall Maternity Hospital 1924-1940 and 1945-1969 have been deposited with the parish records of Saint John the Evangelist, Clapham Road (ref.: P95/JNE1/55-56). For minutes of Joint House Committee and Hospitals Sub-Committee 1965 - 1970 see H24/SLW/A/16/001-002 For minute book of Clapham Maternity Hospital 1888-1939 see H24/CM/A/01/001. For minute book 1941-1945 see H33/MM/A/02/001.

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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