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Indexes to Surrey mental hospital records

Surrey was home to more mental hospitals and hospitals for those with learning disabilities, than, perhaps, any other county in Britain. The records of these hospitals have survived in great abundance and most are now in the care of Surrey History Centre. They are an indispensable source for family historians, particularly the admission and discharge registers and case books. They can indicate the nature of a patient's illness and how that illness was treated, they can confirm important genealogical information such as family relationships and dates of birth, admission and discharge or death, and, perhaps most importantly of all, provide some historical background into an ancestor's life and the circumstances surrounding their illness.

  • To search our index to Brookwood Hospital Woking, Female Case Books 1867-1900 (SHC ref 3043/5/9/2/1-29 and 3043/5/9/3/3-6) please select the PDF document below
  • To search our index to Brookwood Hospital Woking, Male Case Books 1867-1900 (SHC ref 3043/5/9/1/1-25 and 3043/5/9/3/1-2) please select the PDF document below
  • To search our index to Holloway Sanatorium Egham, Female Case Books 1885-1900 (SHC ref 3473/3/1-5,18,28,32) please select the PDF document below
  • To search our index to Holloway Sanatorium Egham, Male Case Books 1885-1900 (SHC ref 2620/4/1-2, 3473/3/19-21,33, 8855/1-2) please select the PDF document below
  • Brookwood Hospital Woking, admission registers 1867-1900 (SHC ref 3043/5/1/1/1–12) are available to search and view online on ancestry.co.uk.
  • Holloway Sanatorium Egham, admission registers 1885-1899 (SHC ref (3237/5/1–3) are available to search and view online on ancestry.co.uk.

Besides Brookwood Hospital, Woking, and Holloway Sanatorium, Egham, Surrey History Centre also holds records for Springfield Hospital, Tooting; Netherne Hospital, Coulsdon; Royal Earlswood Hospital, Redhill; and Long Grove Hospital, St Ebba's Hospital, The Manor Hospital and West Park Hospital, all in Epsom. If you know your ancestor spent time in a Surrey asylum or wish to delve more deeply into their experience there, contact Surrey History Centre to find out how to take your research further.

For more about mental hospital records, including pictures of some wards, see the Exploring Surrey's Past website.

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