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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): HL/S/ASH
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1848-1954
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Ashford Hospital x Stanwell Workhouse x Staines Institution x Staines Emergency Hospital xx Staines County Hospital x Ashford County Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

The workhouse at Stanwell, later known as Staines Union Workhouse and Staines institution, was built, probably in the 1840's, by the Board of Guardians of the Staines Poor Law Union and administered by the Board until it was transferred to the Middlesex County Council on 1 April 1930 as a Public Assistance Institution. In 1939-1940 an emergency hutted hospital was built in the grounds and it became known as Staines Emergency and later as Staines County hospital. It continued to be technically administered under Poor Law powers until the end of the Second World War in 1945 when it was appropriated to public health purposes and the name changed to Ashford County Hospital. It was transferred to the North West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board in 1948, since when it has been known as Ashford Hospital.

In 1998 Ashford Hospital was merged with Saint Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey to form Ashford and St Peter's Hospital NHS Trust. Major building works have transformed Ashford into a centre of healthcare excellence. Most of the wards and many departments are located in buildings opened in 1995 and no patient area is more than thirty years old. The Education Centre is in the newest part of the building and provides a focus for training activities in the hospital, including a well-equipped library with computerised access, and a state of the art lecture theatre.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Ashford Hospital including registers of births, deaths, creed, admission and discharge, defectives, lunatics and wages receipt books, 1848-1954.

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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: City of London

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Please see online catalogues at:

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Description Notes

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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:
January 2009

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