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Records of Hospital Premises

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GOS/4
Held at: Great Ormond Street Hospital Archives
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Full title: Records of Hospital Premises
Date(s): 1869-2003
Level of description: Sub fonds of Great Ormond Street Archives
Extent: 11 boxes and 4 bound volumes
Name of creator(s): Great Ormond Street Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

Great Ormond Street Hospital was founded in 1852. It went through many stages of expansion and building at its Bloomsbury site.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of properties held by Great Ormond Street Hospital, 1869-2003 covering Hospital buildings, plans, budgets, correspondence and reports. Comprising: GOS/4/1: Plans of first purpose-built Hospital building, and correspondence with the architect, E. M. Barry, 1869-1875, including details of proposed alterations; press-cuttings, and correspondence with Dr West about the buildings; GOS/4/2: Volume, "Building and Sanitary Reports", 1873-1895, including correspondence, bills, plans and reports; some relating to Cromwell House; GOS/4/3: Box file, 'Buildings', including sub-files on new buildings, 1887-1949, namely i. General correspondence on Guilford Street property, 1931-1936, ii Plans of North Block by Charles Barry Jnr, 1890, iii. Cromwell House, 1895-1910, iv. Alterations to buildings and boilers, 1899-1947, v. Cleaning of premises, 1887-1921, vi. The Astor Memorial, 1903-1922, vii. Existing buildings, 1912, viii. Valuations, 1914-1916, ix. Proposed convalescent home, 1931-1932, x. Miscellaneous, 1921-1927, xi. St Christopher's Chapel, 1936, xii. Foundling Hospital site, 1924-1929.

GOS/4/4: Schemes for annual cleaning of Hospital premises, 1900-1915; GOS/4/5: Correspondence concerning new boiler house and redevelopment of Powis Place, 1907; GOS/4/6-8: Correspondence concerning new Out-Patient's Department, 1904-1910; GOS/4/9: Works Manager's correspondence, 1914; GOS/4/10: Works Manager's Electricity and Power Readings for Hospital premises, 1918-1923; GOS/4/11: Works Department Estimates, 1922-1923; GOS/4/12: Oliver Chadwyck-Healey's (Vice-Chairman) papers concerning attempted acquisition of the Foundling Hospital site, 1929.

GOS/4/13: Specification and Plans for the Princess Royal Nursing Home, 1932; GOS/4/14: Designs and correspondence for the Warburton-Lee Memorial, 1934; GOS/4/15: Specifications for new Hospital block (Southwood Building), 1936; GOS/4/16: Reports on, and estimates for, new Hospital block, 1938; GOS/4/17: Maps of Foundling Estate and Hospital properties, with attached schedule of Leases, 1955-1956; GOS/4/18: Reports and Plans relating to proposed office accommodation redevelopment, 1956.

GOS/4/19: Plans of Out-Patients Department area and adjacent play shelter site, Almoner's Office; Tennis Courts and Playground, c 1960; GOS/4/2O: Plans for alterations to Casualty Department entrance, 1961-62 ; GOS/4/21: Site Development Steam Generation plan, 1961; GOS/4/22: Sample French Window design, obtained (? by Dr West) from the 'Hospital Napoleon', Paris, c 1870; GOS/4/23: Building reports and related papers of proposed Joint Development (National Hospital, Morbid Anatomy), 1968-1975.

GOS/4/24: Floor-plan of original Hospital premises (48-49 Great Ormond Street), 1872; GOS/4/25: Correspondence concerning leasing and site development of Hospital premises on the Foundling Hospital estate, 1925-1942 (Guilford Street and Lansdowne Yard): i General correspondence on Guilford Street property, 1931-1936, ii. Proposed purchase of Foundling Estate property in Guilford Street, 1925-1927, iii. Correspondence with King's Fund concerning purchase of Foundling Estate property and developments at Tadworth Court, 1926-1927, iv. Correspondence concerning tenancies of property in Guilford Street and Lansdowne Mews, 1930, v. Legal papers concerning tenancy of properties in Guilford Street and Lansdowne Mews, 1927-1932, vi. Correspondence concerning properties in Lansdowne Yard and nos. 40, 42, 45 and 46 Guilford Street, 1930-1932, vii. Plans and Memoranda concerning Guilford Street, Lansdowne Yard, Dolling's Timber Yard site and related land-usage resolutions, 1927-1929, viii. Correspondence concerning tenancies of 34-36 Guilford Street, 1929-1937, ix. Correspondence concerning usage of Hospital's Guilford Street frontage for removal of deceased patients from Mortuary, 1932, x. Correspondence concerning Guilford Street tenancies and move of tenant Mr Bernhard 1932, 1930-1942.

GOS/4/26-109: Records of the building, furnishing and operation of the Southwood Building and the Guilford Street Nurses' Home , 1930-1955; GOS/4/ 26: Sale of Leases of Guilford Street properties, 1930; GOS/4/27: Architect's Report, 'Why the New Hospital is Necessary', 1934; GOS/4/ 28: Correspondence with Stanley Hall, Architect, 1932-1939; includes plan of possible Hospital redevelopment on the Foundling Hospital site; GOS/4/29: Papers concerning the effect of LCC Building Regulations on the Hospital's redevelopment, including site plans, 1935-1944; GOS/4/30: LCC Questionnaire on Hospital rebuilding, 1937; GOS/4/31: Enquiries concerning the GOS Redevelopment Scheme by other hospitals and institutions, 1937-1938; GOS/4/32: Architects' Reports, Plans, Questionnaires for the Building Committee, 1930-1938; GOS/4/33: Plans and correspondence concerning extension to the existing Astor Out-Patients Building, 1932-1946; GOS/4/34-35: Building contracts with, and records of payments to, Sir Robert McAlpine, Contractors, 1936-1940; GOS/4/36: Use of advertising hoardings on the Guilford Street site, 1936; GOS/4/37: Extension to Hospital Laundry, 1937-1938; GOS/4/38: Master-keys for new building, 1937-1938; GOS/4/39: Pathology Laboratory in new Hospital, 1939; GOS/4/40: Obituaries of Stanley Hall, Architect, 1940.

GOS/4/41: Architect's Report and summary description of new Nurses' Home, 1932; GOS/4/42: Correspondence concerning costs of new Nurses' Home, 1932-1936; GOS/4/43: Clerk of Works' Reports on new Nurses' Home building, 1934-1935; GOS/4/44: Matron's Temporary Flat in new Nurses' Home, 1938-1939; GOS/4/45 Nurses' Home 'Sanitary Annexes', 1936; GOS/4/46: Nurses' Home Electricity Supply, 1937-1938; GOS/4/47: Nurses' Home, Architects' Fees (Messrs Hall and Leslie), 1932-1935; GOS/4/48: Nurses' Home Painting and Decoration, 1933-1938; GOS/4/49: Nurses' Home, Maids' Quarters, 1936-1938; GOS/4/50: Nurses' Home Reception Office, 1954; GOS/4/51: Nurses' Home, Nurses and Sisters' Servery, 1951-53; GOS/4/52: Miscellaneous correspondence on Nurses' Home, and part of the site (36 Guilford Street); GOS/4/53: Nurses' Home, Mural Paintings by the Byam-Shaw School of Art, 1934-1937; GOS/4/54: Nurses' Home, Naming after Princess Royal and RIBA Award, 1937-40; GOS/4/55: Nurses' Home, Staff Recreation Room, 1938; GOS/4/56: Nurses' Home site, Dangerous Structures notice on existing properties, 1933.

GOS/4/57: Correspondence with Royal Standard Benefit Society, Guilford Street, concerning light/access effects of new Hospital buildings; GOS/4/58: Temporary transfer of Dresden and Cohen Wards to Nurses' Home building, 1937; GOS/4/59: Splint Store in new Hospital, 1937; GOS/4/60: Temporary accommodation in Nissen Huts during Hospital rebuilding, 1948; GOS/4/61: Resident Medical Superintendent's Quarters in new Hospital, 1935; GOS/4/62: Re-accommodation of Staff during Hospital rebuilding, 1936-1937; GOS/4/63: Ward Units in new Hospital, 1935-1949; GOS/4/64: Architect's correspondence on miscellaneous design details of the new Hospital, 1938; GOS/4/65: Accommodation/space allocation in new Out-Patients Building, including comments by Clinical Staff, 1938-1946; GOS/4/66: Plans of temporary Out-Patients Deptartment in the old Hospital, 1938; GOS/4/67: Equipment for new Out-Patients Dept., 1939; GOS/4/68: Overtime arrangements for construction of new building, 1936-1939; GOS/4/69: Miscellaneous correspondence on equipment and maintenance of the Southwood Building/Nurses' Home, 1937-1950; GOS/4/70: Schedule of Out-Patient accommodation, c 1939; GOS/4/71: Out-Patients Deptartment keys/security, 1954; GOS/4/72: Nurses' home, plans of new bathrooms/WC, 1953; GOS/4/73: Nurses' Home, Matron's Flat, 1951; GOS/4/74: Rubber Furnishings for Southwood Building/Nurses' Home, 1947-1949; GOS/4/ 75: Nurses' Home, furnishings, decoration, Dispensary and Kitchen, 1936-1953, including set of general floor-plans.

GOS/4/ 76: Skin Therapy Dept. in new Hospital, 1936; GOS/4/77: General furnishings for new Hospital, 1939; GOS/4/ 78: Clocks and paging system in new Hospital, 1933-1938; GOS/4/79: Offices and telephone exchange in new Hospital, 1951-1953; GOS/4/80: Out-Patient Dept., repair of damaged walling, 1947; GOS/4/81: Staff Canteen, 1951; includes general plans of new Institute of Child Health and Out-Patients Deptartment buildings; GOS/4/82: Water softener for new building, 1948-1954; GOS/4/83: Hospital workshops during redevelopment, 1935-1950; GOS/4/84: Sterilising equipment for new Hospital, 1937-1950; GOS/4/85 Ward temperatures in new Hospital, 1946; GOS/4/ 86: Building regulations authority correspondence, 1945; GOS/4/87: Equipment and operation of Hospital kitchens, 1937-1948; GOS/4/88: X-Ray Film Storage, 1936.

GOS/4/89: War-Damage; repair of bomb-damage to 5th-7th floors of Southwood Building, 1947-1958; GOS/4/ 90: Solution Room, 1947; GOS/4/91: Ventilating pipes, 1946-1947; GOS/4/92: Museum and Pathology Laboratory in new Hospital, 1946-1949, file also includes general floor-plans of 2nd-4th floors of Southwood Building; GOS/4/93: Operating Theatres, Equipment and Maintenance, 1947-1954; GOS/4/94: Staircases and fire-escape provision in Southwood Building, 1947-1948; GOS/4/95: Traffic Barrier in Hospital Drive, 1954;GOS/4/96: Wall opposite Southwood Memorial, 1953; GOS/4/97: Ventilation Plant on Balconies, 1952; GOS/4/98-99: Treatment Room floors, 1948-1952; GOS/4/100 Temporary Out-Patients' Deptartment, Bills of Quantities, 1948-1953; GOS/4/101: Redecoration, 1947-1948; GOS/4/102: Conversion to Oil Fuel, 1951-1952; GOS/4/103: Oxygen Mains Supply, 1935-1948; GOS/4/104: Ramp and Linen Store, including plans, 1953; GOS/4/105: Ward screens, 1948-1949; GOS/4/106: Refrigerated centrifuge, 1950-1955; GOS/4/107: Repair of Powis Place, 1945-1953.

GOS/4/108: Financial papers relating to costs of war damage repair, School of Nursing building and Barrie Wing, 1955-1963; GOS/4/109: Correspondence concerning Royal Standard Benefit Society premises, 40 Great Ormond Street, 1950-1953; GOS/4/110: Lists and related correspondence of Hospital residential properties, 1948-1973, including list of title deeds, 1948; GOS/4/111: Sketch plan of room usage in the basement of the surviving Victorian Hospital buildings, 1961; GOS/4/112: Old Building accommodation, 1979, Survey and floor plans, also site plan of whole 'Island Site'; GOS/4/113: 1960 Site plan, insurance valuations of Trust Fund properties, 1970, 1978 security report; GOS/4/114: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England report on the Hospital's buildings, including the Italian Hospital, 1994; GOS/4/115: Illustrated project on parental accommodation 'Great Ormond Street Project', by Sydney Sykes, March-September 1985; GOS/4/116: GOSH NHS Trust Site Plan and staff update literature c 2003.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Broadly chronological within building deveopment schemes.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

No restrictions, excepting for large plans.

Finding aids:

Catalogue available for consultation in the hospital archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Andrea Tanner

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Date(s) of descriptions:
October 2010

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