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Nursing and midwifery records

Miscellaneous nursing and midwifery records

Miscellaneous nursing records

  • Norfolk County Council register of nursing agencies, 1945 (ACC 2002/306)
  • Norfolk County Council register of nursing homes, 1949-71 (ACC 2002/306)
  • Great Yarmouth County Borough Council Health Department home nursing case registers, 1953-56 (Y/HE 172-173)
  • Nurse Edith Cavell (1865-1915) - see our separate guide to records relating to her.
  • Diary of Jessie Clementia Hayward describing her adventures as a nurse on board the troop ship Transylvania, 1917 (MC 2127/1, 441X7)

Midwifery records

These are in addition to those found in records of individual hospitals listed above.

Diocese of Norwich

  • Licensing of women to act as midwives and to carry out medical procedures (such as surgery, phlebotomy and bone setting) occurs in subscription books from 1676 (DN/SUB). For more detail see E H Carter, The Norwich Subscription Books A Study of the Subscription Books of the Diocese of Norwich 1637-1800 (London, 1937).
  • List of schoolmasters and midwives, Lynn Deanery, [1722-23?] (DN/VSM 1/9).
  • List of schoolmasters, surgeons and midwives in the archdeaconries of Norfolk and Norwich, 1753 (DN/VSM 1/2).
  • List of schoolmasters, surgeons and midwives in the archdeaconries of Suffolk and Sudbury, 1753 (DN/VSM 1/3).
  • List of schoolmasters, 1754-67; of curates, 1755-66; of surgeons and midwives, 1766-67 (DN/VSM 1/4).

Great Yarmouth County Borough Council Health Department

  • Register of midwives, 1932-52 (Y/HE 143-144)
  • Register of maternity homes, 1927-37 (Y/HE 155)
  • Midwifery service case register, 1946-48 (Y/HE 156)
  • Midwives' case books, 1946-72 (Y/HE 157-171)

Miscellaneous

  • Norwich City Coroners’ inquest papers, 1669-1835, include occasional references to midwives (NCR Case 6a)
  • Briarbank Maternity Home, Thetford (Mrs Sophia Healy owner, matron and midwife): cases register and case book, 1952-59 (ACC 2011/136)
  • Midwife Joan Coleman's register of cases (mostly home deliveries in Norwich), 1936-37 (MC 2108/1, 921X8)
  • Midwife's notebook listing births in Halvergate and surrounding parishes, 1859-68 (MC 2109/1-2, 921X8)
  • Case books of J M Nickerson as a trainee midwife, 1948-49 (MC 1480/2-3, 812X8)