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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4318
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1830-1992
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 10.6 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Samuel Lewis Housing Trust
The Women's Housing Trust
Southern Housing Group


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Southern Housing Group is made up of four organisations: Samuel Lewis Housing trust, City and Countries Housing Association, The Women's Housing Trust and Southern Housing Foundation. It manages nearly 16, 000 properties, concentrated in the South of England and has about 30, 000 tenants and leaseholders. It has a century of experience in providing affordable housing to meet local needs.

The Samuel Lewis Trust Limited was founded in 1901 by a bequest from the wealthy financier Samuel Lewis, this is the parent body of the Group. It is a charitable housing association and one of the largest providers of rented accommodation in south east England.

The City and Countries Housing Association Limited is the Group's non-charitable arm and looks after all home ownership and leasehold properties. It develops and manages a range of low cost housing and provides a specialist management service to over 1000 retirement leasehold properties.

The Women's Housing Trust is a specialist charitable association operating in London and providing mainly hostel accommodation for single women.

The Southern Housing Foundation was formed in 1998 to resource the Groups Housing Plus work, by funding community development and estate projects, training and employment initiativesand, in partnership with other agencies, regenerating former local authority estates.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Samuel Lewis Housing Trust and the The Women's Housing Trust, including records of Samuel and Ada Lewis including property records and records of other trusts and societies with which they were involved. There are also oral history tapes and papers relating to the project undertaken in 2001 for the centenary celebration.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The records have been arranged as follows:
LMA/4318/A Samuel Lewis Housing Trust;
LMA/4318/A/01 General Trust Records;
LMA/4318/A/02 Properties;
LMA/4318/A/03 Other Trusts and Societies;
LMA/4318/B Ada Lewis Women's Housing Trust;
LMA/4318/B/01 Personal Papers;
LMA/4318/B/02 General Trust Records;
LMA/4318/B/03 Properties and Other Trusts and Societies;
LMA/4318/C Oral History Project.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the Southern Housing Group.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in July and November 2001.

Allied Materials

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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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