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Finance Department of St Bartholomew's Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0405 FD
Held at: St Bartholomew's Hospital
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Full title: Finance Department of St Bartholomew's Hospital
Date(s): 1791-1972
Level of description: Subfonds of St Bartholomew's Hospital records
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Extent: 33 volumes and 8 boxes
Name of creator(s): St Bartholomew's Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

Until the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948 the income of St Bartholomew's Hospital was provided from private sources. The Treasurer was responsible for financial matters and managing the hospital's income. The main sources were rents from estates throughout England, donations and bequests from supporters of the hospital, income from the City of London and until the 19th century tithes from several parish churches. The tithes of the parish of Christ Church Greyfriars were received by St Bartholomew's until they were redeemed. The church was destroyed during the Second World War, and the parish became part of St Selpulchre outside Newgate.

The Parbury Smith Maternity Fund was founded in 1880 in memory of Mrs Thomas Smith, wife of Thomas Smith, Surgeon to St Bartholomew's from 1873 to 1898. It was originally founded as the Samaritan Maternity Fund. The Samaritan Fund paid for prescriptions and other benefits to deserving cases.

The Discretionary Fund was founded by Lord Sandhurst in the early 20th century to be used 'at the discretion of the Treasurer and Almoners for purposes other than general maintenance'.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Finance Department of St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1791-1972, comprising staff salaries, 1903; discretionary fund accounts, 1948-1952; papers relating to special funds, grants, bequests, legacies, prizes and appeals, 1842-1972, including Lucas and Bentley prizes, 1848-1886; Prisca Coburn's Fund accounts, 1842-1932;

papers relating to the Samaritan Fund, 1852-1949, including reports, accounts and donations; subscriptions and donations to the Benevolent fund, 1938; Contributions Department accounts, 1921-1936; papers relating to bequests, 1913-1948; donations, 1939-1942; Hospital appeal, 1937-1939; minutes of the Trustees of the Catherine Marsh Convalescent Home, 1964-1972; correspondence relating to the Discretionary fund, 1954-1958; papers relating to the Parbury Smith Maternity Fund, 1881-1966;

papers concerning property tax and rates, 1804-1941; staff, 1800-1953, including sickness benefits, 1933-1942; gratuities and pensions to officers, officers' widows, 1804-1902; staff salaries, 1901-1953; pension schemes, 1899-1949; correspondence relating to finance, 1791-1961, including policy, 1912-1913; bequests, 1791-1938; wartime finance, 1939; correspondence between Sydney Holland and Sir Henry Burdett, 1904-1905; correspondence with the Charity Commissioners, 1869-1877; papers relating to incomes from tithes, 1878-1886, 1941; tithe rates for Christ Church parish, London, giving names of tenants, 1878-1886, and correspondence, 1941; correspondence concerning financing new Hospital buildings, 1954; papers relating to rents, 1905-1950; endowments, 1870-1909, including accounts; accounts and schedules of investments relating to the Discretionary Fund, 1935-1959; budgets, 1950-1951.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the archives should first contact the Archivist, St Bartholomew's Hospital, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is not permitted. However, single sheets dated after 1850 may be photocopied at the discretion of the Archivist. Photographs of items are obtainable, subject to copyright regulations, from the Department of Medical Illustration at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Arrangements can be made via the Archivist. Outside photographers and researchers' own cameras are not permitted.

Finding aids:

A catalogue in index card form is available at St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Financial records of St Bartholomew's Hospitals (reference: HB) and papers relating to salaries for nursing staff (reference: MO), are held by St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives.

Rentals for St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1780-1826 are held by the Public Record Office (reference: C109/163); accounts, 1581-1582, 1600-1602, and papers, 17th-18th centuries, are held by the British Library (reference: Sloane MSS 118, 164, 196, 203, 609, 724, 856, 1824, 2177, 2290, 2368, 3914, 4026, 4076); copy of taxation accounts, 1453-1454, is held by Surrey History Centre.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: The Royal Hospital of Saint Bartholomew 1123-1973 edited by Victor Cornelius Medvei and John L Thornton (St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1974); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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 2001

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