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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/3130
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1875-1918
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Asylum x Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Almshouses


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Asylum was founded in 1829 by John Christopher Bowles. The foundation stone of the Asylum which was situated in Balls Pond Road, Islington, was laid by the Lord Mayor in 1836. The Asylum was intended to provide accommodation for aged persons of either sex who were members of any friendly or benefit society and who lived in or near London. The almshouses were modernised in 1959. In 1964 twelve two storeyed houses for four tenants each were arranged around three sides of a quadrangle with a central hall to provide homes for a total of 48 men and women.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Asylum, later known as the Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Almshouses, comprising Committee minute book and Life donor's certificate with a view of the Asylum.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Two items.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Archives deposited by the Clerk to the Trustees, 13 January 1993.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further records of the Almshouses are at reference LMA/4228.

Publication note:

For further information see The Almshouses of London by Clive Berridge and the Annual Charities Register and Digest.

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:
June to August 2010.

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