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North-West London Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 H71/NWL
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: North-West London Hospital
Date(s): 1878-1908
Level of description: Sub fonds
Extent: 0.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): North-West London Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

The North-West London Hospital (NWLH) was opened in 1878 in Kentish Town Road, founded by the Misses Learmonth for the benefit of the working classes of this densely populated area. It was unusual, for its time, in offering a designated childrens' ward. A new wing was added six years later, but by 1890 the hospital was facing serious financial difficulties. Finally, in 1907, when work on the new building of the Hampstead General Hospital (formerly Hampstead Home Hospital and Nursing Institute) was in jeopardy owing to lack of funds, the King's Fund suggested that these two hospitals merge, and on that condition provided funds for the project. Thereafter the in-patients were treated in the new Hampstead General on Haverstock Hill and outpatients at the Camden site. In 1912 a new outpatients department was built at Bayham Street, in the house in which Charles Dickens had lived as a boy, replacing the NWLH once and for all. However, the name lived on in the official title of the joint institution "The Hampstead General and North-West London Hospital" until 1948.
All surviving record series from the merged Hampstead General Hospital continue from record series of the Hampstead Home Hospital and Nursing Institute; records in this collection therefore survive solely from the NWLH up to 1908.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the North-West London Hospital, Kentish Town Road, London, 1878-1908, comprising: Annual Reports (printed), 1884-1904; Committee of Management minutes, 1878-1886, 1902-1908; Medical Committee minutes 1900-1903.

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Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998,

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

The provenance of this small collection of records is unknown, but it can be assumed that they were preserved with the records of the Hampstead General Hospital. The records were transferred along with the Royal Free Hospital and associated collections from the Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre to London Metropolitan Archives in 2013.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in December 2013.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of Hampstead General and North-West London Hospital (Ref H71/HG).

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Publication note:

An Illustrated History of the Royal Free Hospital by Lynne A Amidon, published by the Special Trustees of the Royal Free Hospital, London, 1996.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled Mar 2001, revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), 2nd Edition, 2001 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 15 Mar 2001, modified Jan 2002 and May 2014.

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