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WESTERN DISPENSARY, Westminster, London

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0113 MS-WESTD
Held at: Royal College of Physicians
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Full title: WESTERN DISPENSARY, Westminster, London
Date(s): 1833-1952
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 13 volumes, 2 files
Name of creator(s): Western Dispensary | Westminster London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Western Dispensary was founded in Charles Street, Westminster, in 1789, 'for gratuitously administering advice, medicines and attendance to the poor inhabitants of the City of Westminster and places adjacent'. From 1822 it also undertook maternity cases 'for the delivery of needy lying-in married women at their homes'. It moved to Tothill Street, Westminster, in 1850, to Broadway, Westminster, in 1858, and to Rochester Row, Westminster, in 1878-1879. A subsidiary organisation, the 'Marie Celeste Convalescent Branch', was established in 1888 with the object of sending patients of the Dispensary to suitable convalescent homes for recovery. The Dispensary was closed in December 1949 and its funds were handed over to the United Westminster Almshouses in 1952.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the Western Dispensary comprise chiefly minute books, annual reports and patient registers.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Geoffrey Yeo.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Compiled 8 Jul 1999; modified 15 Jul 1999, 14 Jan 2002

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