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Lunacy Commission Patients Admission Registers, 1846-1912

March 12, 2018

Did you know that the Lunacy Patients Admission Registers are available to search on You can use this index, to search for patients who were admitted to The North Wales Hospital, Denbigh between 1846 and 1912.

These registers which provide details of asylum patients in both public and private asylums, were kept by the Lunacy Commission. In 1845, the Lunacy Act and County Asylum Act obligated counties to build county asylums for the poor and criminally insane and established the Lunacy Commission to oversee both private and public asylums.

Under the Mental Deficiencies Act of 1913 the Lunacy Commission were replaced by The Board of Control for Lunacy and Mental Deficiency; in 1948 the Boards functions were then transferred to the Minister of Health, under the National Health Service Act of 1946.

Records relating to the Lunacy Commission can be found within the North Wales Hospital collection; the Commission made annual visits to the hospital, and reports relating to their visits were included in the hospitals Annual Reports.

The admission registers themselves recorded the name and sex of the patient; the name of the hospital, asylum, or licensed house; and the date of admission and of discharge or death of each patient. This index, along with surviving patient records from the hospital, are excellent resources for family history, local history and academic research. Please note however that access to hospital records are closed for 100 years, due to privacy restrictions.

Denbighshire Archives offers free access to, if you would like to visit the office to view the website, or to consult items within the North Wales Hospital collection, please visit our website to book a place.

Details of the ‘Unlocking the Asylum’ project can be found here.



Denbighshire Archives- 2013 Review

February 3, 2014

Researchers and Enquiries

1454 researchers used our office during 2013 consulting 3836 original documents. Local history is the most popular subject for research accounting for 47% of our researchers, closely followed by family history accounting for 41% of researchers.  Other reasons for research include school and college students, teaching professionals carrying out research for lessons and lectures, researchers working on publications and legal/official enquiries.

We answered 1153 enquiries by post, email or telephone.

Events and Groups

524 visitors attended events during 2013 including Open Doors in September, a North Wales Hospital lecture, family history sessions and palaeography [how to read older forms of handwriting] training.  In total 16 public events were held onsite.

Clwyd Wynne

Clwyd Wynne presenting on the life of staff at The North Wales Hospital, 17th Oct 2013.

A number of local groups visited us for a talk or tour including the North East Wales Carers Information Service (NEWCIS), Henllan Women’s Institute, Llansannan Family History Group and Glyndwr University students.

Cataloguing and Accessions

You can keep an eye on our new accessions on The National Archives survey here.

56 new accessions were recorded during the year including;

  • Henllan Parish Records (PD/38- additional collection)
  • Corwen Community Council minutes (PCD/104 – additional collection)
  • Records of Ysgol Carrog/Carrog Council School (ED/104A)
  • Ruabon Parish Records (PD/89- additional collection)
  • Records of Llangollen Eisteddfod (DD/LE- additional collection)
  • Sales particulars for various properties (DD/DM/1825)
  • Diary of Lt Col A.E. Jerman serving in the Royal Army Medical Corp 1915-1916 (DD/DM/1827)
  • Bryneglwys Parish Council records (PCD/11- additional collection)
  • Scrapbook relating to Denbighshire County Girl Guides (DD/DM/1566-additional collection)
  • Scrapbook relating to Denbigh Infirmary (DD/DM/1838)
  • Selection of photographs of Prestatyn (PPD/120- additional collection)

A number of large cataloguing projects were completed in 2013 including the completion of the Glyndwr Collection (DD/G) and Ruthin Castle Collection (DD/RC).


We now have 16 regular volunteers helping us with numerous projects such as:

  • Cleaning records
  • Creating a searchable index of the North Wales Hospital patients
  • Improvement and digitisation of the catalogues for our school records

In total our volunteers have contributed over 263 hours of volunteer time during 2013. We have had 4 students on work experience placements.

Thank you to all our researchers and volunteers, we have had a very productive and busy year!