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Society of Vincent de Paul (SVP)

Also known as St Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales)


It was founded as a lay Catholic charity in France in 1833, and has been active in England and Wales since 1844

It continues to provide financial and practical assistance to the poor of the world

What was reforming about it?

It was primarily concerned with the alleviation of poverty

Where in Bloomsbury

In the nineteenth century it was located at 31 Queen Square; in 1881 its Superintendent, John Golden, lived there with his family (1881 census)

It supplied the Italian Hospital with nursing staff

It also ran the Home for Youths at 41 Queen Square

Website of current institution

www.svp.org.uk (opens in new window)

Books about it

Michael Casey, A River of Love: Frederic Ozanam and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (1997)


Its records from 1844–1975 are held by the Society; according to the National Archives, this is at 14 Blandford Street, London W1, but the Society is now based in Borough, south London

This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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