London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1901 - 1990

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:

    Records of the Billingsgate Christian Mission comprising annual reports and accounts with other financial records, 1901-90, photographs of the mission and dispensary ca. 1953 and an account of the work of the mission and dispensary ca. 1933.

    Please note that these records are subject to a 50-year closure period. For further information please enquire at the manuscripts desk
Extent: 19 production units.
Classification: CHARITIES
Former Reference: MS 29735- 29743
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • The Billingsgate Christian Mission was founded in 1878. The mission incorporated the humanitarian aims of the former Billingsgate District Association with Christian missionary work within Billingsgate Fish Market. The dispensary was established in 1897 when the need for medical work within the market became evident. Free first aid treatment was offered to those engaged in or about the market and the mission was subsequently renamed the Billingsgate Christian Mission and Dispensary. The mission also trained nurses and missionary students prior to undertaking missionary work abroad until the mid-1950's.

    Until 1890 the mission met at the Weigh House Chapel, 31 King Street. In this year the building work begun in July 1889 was completed and the mission moved into its own premises at 19 St Mary at Hill, opposite the market gates.

    The mission was a registered charity (No. 225189) and was predominately funded by subscriptions and donations from companies and businessmen associated with the market. It was closed on 31 December 1990, the majority of its work and its income having been relocated with the Fish Market in 1982.

Creator: Billingsgate Christian Mission x Billingsgate Christian Mission and Dispensary
Custodial History: The charity was handed over to the trusteeship of the Fishmongers Company in 1994, and the minute books and other documents are retained by them.
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • Other records of the Billingsgate Christian Mission and Dispensary were deposited at Guildhall Library on 19 May 1993. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.
  • B14/166
  • 1993/024
Access Restrictions: Restricted access: please see staff
Arrangement: The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.