Collection AR175 - Baptism Registers of Mayday University Hospital Chaplaincy

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Baptism Registers of Mayday University Hospital Chaplaincy


  • 1867 - 2002 (Creation)

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10 vols

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Mayday Hospital was originally the Croydon Union Infirmary, run by Croydon Board of Guardians. The first Infirmary was situated in the old Workhouse at Duppas Hill, where it remained after the Workhouse itself moved to new buildings in 1865. The new Infirmary was renamed Mayday Road Hospital in 1923, but soon afterwards became known as Mayday Hospital. After the dissolution of Croydon Board of Guardians in 1930, it was administered by Croydon Corporation (under the Local Government Act 1929). In 1948 it was taken over by the National Health Service. St Marys Maternity Hospital, in St James Road, originally opened in 1918. It became closely associated with Mayday Hospital. It closed in October 1985.

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Transferred by Senior Chaplain, Mayday Hospital in April 2006.

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Accession Number: A839

Records of Croydon Workhouse Chapel, later Mayday Hospital

Baptism Registers (10):

Oct 1867 - Apr 1888

Apr 1888 - Sep 1898

Sep 1898 - May 1915

May 1915 - Mar 1925

May 1925 - Aug 1939

Oct 1939 - Feb 1950

Feb 1950 - Dec 1958

Dec 1958 - May 1968

May 1968 - Feb 2002

Isolation Hospital: Feb 1950 - Mar 1964

Item date: 1867 - 2002

Accession date: 28/04/2006

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Collection consists of ten Baptism Registers, nine for the Croydon Workhouse Chapel covering the period October 1867 to February 2002 and one for the Croydon Isolation Hospital covering the period February 1950 to March 1964.

These registers do not, at least in the modern period, contain entries for Catholics. If a Catholic baptism was required then a local priest was called in and the baptism recorded in the register of that Church. In the 1960s this was usually St Marys but in more recent years this has been St Andrews in Thornton Heath.

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  • English

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The surviving records of Mayday Workhouse Infirmary form part of the Board of Guardians collection at GUA.

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