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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H50
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1898-1947
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 11.6 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Napsbury Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

Napsbury Hospital opened in 1905 as Napsbury Asylum, a metropolitan asylum. In 1918 it became Napsbury Mental Hospital and had another change of name in 1943 when it became known as Napsbury Hospital. In 1948 the hospital came under the management of the North West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board until 1974 when it became part of the North West Thames Regional Health Authority. The hospital closed in 1999.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Napsbury Hospital including minutes of the Standing Sub-committee of Visitors, 1898-1947; Sub-committee minutes, 1940-1941; Shenley and Napsbury Group minutes, 1948; Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1948-1949; hospital statistics, 1951-1970; admission registers, 1904-1951; death registers, 1933-1948; departure registers, 1931-1948; discharge registers, 1910-1961; general registers, 1948-1964; medical journals, 1915-1925; case books, 1905-1911; medical registers, 1940-1948; registers of daily patients, 1964-1972; some correspondence concerning patients, 1951-1953; register of mechanical restraint 1948-1952 and service patients' bill book, 1946-1952.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

These records are arranged according to a classification scheme for hospital records: General Hospital Administration (A), Patients' Administration (B), Finance Office (D), Endowments (E), Related Documentation (Y) and Prints and Photographs (PH).

Conditions governing access:

These records are open to public inspection, although under section 5(4) of the 1958 Public Records Act administrative records are closed for 30 years and patient records for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

Records relating to the hospital held in the London Metropolitan Archive are among the records of the Middlesex County Councils Mental Hospitals Committee and its predecessors 1898-1945 and the Middlesex County Councils Mental Health Committee 1945-1948.

Administrative and clinical records, 1927 - 1956, can be found at the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, Euston Road, London. Records for British, colonial and US forces patients from the First World War can be found at The National Archives, Kew.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2009

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