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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1668
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1773
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.30 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Nursing Times


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first meeting of 'the Governors for erecting a Lying-in Hospital for married women in the City of London and parts adjacent and also for Out-patients in Phisic and Surgery' was held at the Black Swan Tavern in Bartholomew Lane on 30 March 1750. Mr Jacob Ilive was in the chair. The governors elected John Nix as the first secretary, Thomas Chaddock as treasurer, Richard Ball as surgeon and man-midwife and William Ball as apothecary. Slingsby Bethell subsequently became the first president of the hospital.

The hospital opened in May 1750 at London House in Aldersgate Street as the 'City of London Lying in Hospital for married women and sick and lame Outpatients.' The General Court of Governors decided on 6 September 1751 to admit no more outpatients and the second part of the title was dropped. The hospital moved in 1751 from London House into Thanet or Shaftesbury House also in Aldersgate Street. In 1769 the Governors decided to erect a new purpose built hospital. They leased a site from St Bartholomew's Hospital on the corner of City Road and Old Street and commissioned Robert Mylne to design the new hospital, which was opened on 31 March 1773.

The hospital was later known as the City of London Maternity Hospital and was closed in 1983.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Lying-In hospitals, comprising an almanack with a print of the City of London Lying In Hospital, 1773 and a cutting from the Nursing Times relating to the closure of the General Lying In Hospital, 1971.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records gifted to the Archive in 1981.

Allied Materials

Related material:

City of London Maternity Hospital: H10/CLM. See also MR/L/H.

Publication note:

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:
August to October 2010.

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