These are the records of the Victoria Home, 1860-1984.
Prior to its purchase by The Salvation Army, the site of 177 Whitechapel Road, London formed part of the site of the Whitechapel Workhouse and subsequently one half of the Victoria Homes for Working Men.
In 1919 The Salvation Army bought the site of Victoria Home No. II and took it over as a going concern with 450 lodgers. The Victoria Home (as it was now called) was run as a hostel; it was differentiated from Salvation Army Men's Shelters by its higher prices and quality of 'comfort' available. Men paid five pence per night for a dorm or seven pence for a private cubicle. By 1922 the site had accommodation for 540, including 128 private cubicles.
In 1984 Victoria Home ceased to operate and services were transferred to Booth House, at the adjoining site to Victoria Home. Most residents from Victoria Home moved to Riverside House, London. In 1994 177 Whitechapel Road was destroyed with the plan of building new flats for homeless men on the site.
Victoria Home, along with Booth House hostel and Rawson Home eventide home, were at times collectively known as the Whitechapel complex.
The records cover the years 1860-1919 and 1971-1984.
The records are divided into two series:
VH/1 Victoria Homes (pre-Salvation Army)
VH/2 Victoria Home