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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1835
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1749-1964
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.45 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Mary Westby Trust | pensions charity


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1749 Mary Westby of Linton, Cambridgeshire, a widow, obtained land in Hoxton in the parish of St Leonard, Shoreditch on which she erected ten almshouses for poor women. In addition, she invested stock in trust for the charity and set up a body of trustees to administer it. Regulations made in 1770 specified that the almswomen must be poor members of the Independent, Presbyterian or Anti-paedo Baptist communities.

In 1881, the School Board for London purchased the land on which the almshouses were built and agreed to compensate the almswomen for the loss of their homes and removal expenses. The money raised by the sale was invested, and from thence forward the charity became a pension charity providing pensions for poor female Protestant Dissenters. The nine trustees were to be members of the Weigh House Chapel, the City Temple, formerly the Poultry Chapel, and New Court Chapel.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Mary Westby Trust, including trustees' records, records relating to property, volumes of collected documents relating to the Trust, financial accounts, and correspondence with the Charity Commission.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1835-1: Administration; ACC/1835-2: Finance; ACC/1835-3: Related Documentation.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

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:

Deposited 10 March 1983.

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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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