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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): CLSAD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1868-1914
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 8.55 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Central London Sick Asylum District


Administrative/Biographical history:

The 1867 Metropolitan Poor Law Act gave authority to the Poor Law Board to order the combination of unions and parishes within the metropolis to provide asylums for the sick poor other than the workhouse. The Central London Sick Asylum District comprised the Westminster and Strand Unions and the parishes of Saint Giles in the Fields and Saint George's Bloomsbury. In 1869 the parish of Saint Pancras was added. The District was dissolved in 1913.

The Cleveland Street Infirmary had been the Strand Union Infirmary. Before being taken over by the Strand Union it was the Saint Paul's Covent Garden parish workhouse. The appalling state of the wards and terrible standard of care in the Cleveland Street Infirmary was one of the factors which led to the introduction of the Metropolitan Poor Law Act. Cleveland Street runs betweeen the Euston Road and Goodge Street.

Highgate Asylum had been the Saint Pancras Union Infirmary, built in 1881. The Hendon Asylum, Colindale, was built by the Central London District between 1898-1900. It was sold in 1913 to the City of Westminster Union. In 1919 it was passed to the Metropolitan Asylums Board. It was still used as a hospital in the 1990s but is now closed.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes of the Central London Sick Asylum Board of Management, 1868-1914; minutes of Committees including the Finance Committee, Cleveland Street Asylum Visiting Committee, Hendon Asylum Visiting Committee and Special Committees, 1868-1914; financial records, 1868-1914; Local Government Board orders, 1871-1913 and correspondence, 1877-1912.

Cleveland Street Asylum registers of admission and discharge, 1875-1915, creed, 1875-1915, births, 1902-1915, deaths, 1875-1915 and burials, 1877-1915.

Highgate Infirmary and Asylum registers of admission and discharge, 1870-1883, creed, 1870-1883 and deaths, 1870-1883.

Hendon Asylum registers of admission and discharge, 1900-1917.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLSAD-1: Minutes; CLSAD-2: Registers; CLSAD-3: Correspondence; CLSAD-4: Finance.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its successor body, the Metropolitan Asylums Board.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See MAB for the Metropolitan Asylums Board.

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:
April to June 2009

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