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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 A/LD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1827-1957
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.36 linear metres
Name of creator(s): London Dispensary


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London Dispensary was founded in 1777 for the provision of free medicines and healthcare. It was at first situated in Primrose Street, Bishopsgate, but moved to Artillery Lane and then to No. 27 Fournier Street, where it remained between 1828 and 1946. It served Spitalfields, Mile End, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Norton Folgate and Bethnal Green.

In 1809 sermons were preached to raise money for the Dispensary, these noted that since 1777 nearly 99,000 patients had been seen. A letter of recommendation from a governor was needed in order to see one of the doctors. When a patient was cured they had to send an official letter of thanks to the governor who recommended them, otherwise they would not be allowed further treatment.

The Dispensary was closed in 1946 when the National Health Service was created. Remaining funds were given to the Mildmay Mission Hospital.

From: 'The Wood-Michell estate: Fournier Street', Survey of London: volume 27: Spitalfields and Mile End New Town (1957), pp. 199-225.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London Dispensary, including minutes, correspondence, deeds and leases, annual reports and financial accounts.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A/LD/01: Administrative Records; A/LD/02: Financial Records.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited as part of a larger accession, June 1981.

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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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