Chorlton-on-Medlock Dispensary

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 MMC/9/31
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 J b 26
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      6 items

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a rulebook, several annual reports, and a note by EBL.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Chorlton-on-Medlock district of Manchester was officially outside the remit of MRI. When a fever epidemic in 1825 put pressure on the poor law administration, MRI was asked to extend its remit. It refused, due largely to the costs involved not being balanced by significant subscriptions from the area. In reaction, the leading citizens of Chorlton decided to form a dispensary and Chorlton on Medlock Dispensary was opened in 1826. The Dispensary was independent of MRI and raised money from a subscription system and from poor law payments for paupers. The Dispensary grew rapidly and in the 1830s moved to a new site at the Town Hall, Cavendish Street where it remained until it closed in around 1938. The Dispensary took home-patients and out-patients, but never took in-patients. By 1860 the Dispensary had widened its remit and served Rusholme and Moss Side as well as Chorlton, changing its name to 'Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Rusholme and Moss Side Dispensary' to reflect this. The Dispensary did not appear to become a provident dispensary, and retained a system of recommendations. The Chorlton-on-Medlock Dispensary celebrated its centenary year in 1925 when it was still managed as a voluntary dispensary.