Manor Asylum, Epsom, Archives

The Manor Hospital was opened by the London County Council in 1899. Under the National Health Service Reorganisation Act, 1973, the hospital became part of the Mid-Surrey Area Health Authority.

Read more about the history of Manor Hospital.

Important: please note that any patient records less than 100 years old and staff records less than 75 years old are likely to have access restrictions. Individual records are not available to view through this website. For details on viewing records please see the Access To Mental Hospital Records page.

The main accession numbers to find records for the Manor Asylum at Surrey History Centre are 2865, 6280, 6282, 6317, 6380, 6390, and 7329. Click on the links to see the individual catalogues of these accessions which provide item descriptions.

The principal series of records held at Surrey History Centre relating to individual patients are as follows, although there are gaps in some series.

Admissions Registers, 1899-1950, 1966-1970

These provide information relating to patients’ names, reference numbers, date of admission, date of reception order, date of continuation of the order, sex, marital status, occupation, address, union, county or borough to which chargeable, form of mental disorder, supposed cause and duration of attacks, bodily health and the date of discharge, removal or death.  The names of hospitals from which or to which a patient was transferred are also given.

Ward Admission Books, 1922-1952

These record the name, age, weight, height, occupation, marital status and religious denomination of patients admitted to The Manor Hospital.  Other information includes whether the patient was subject to epileptic fits, disposed to self injury, violent to others, or of unclean habits.  They were compiled at the time of admission to the hospital and record which ward the patient was assigned to, stating whether a bath was necessary, where they were to sleep, the name of the nurse who was to care for them and dietary instructions.  The name of the workhouse or infirmary whence they had been referred was also given.

Medical Registers, 1907-1921

Details include date of admission, civil register number, date of discharge, transfer or death, patient’s name and whether private or pauper, marital status, occupation, age on admission, type of attacks, duration of attacks, aetiological factors, bodily state on admission, form of mental disorder and observations.

Civil Registers, 1907-1921

Details include the date of any previous admission, general reference number, admission date, date of reception order, date of continuation of the reception order, whether the patient was directly admitted to the asylum or transferred, patient’s name, private or pauper status, address, previous institution, sex, marital status, religion, county or borough.

General Registers, 1949-1964

These were compiled under the Medical Treatment Rules, 1948.  Details include admission date, general reference number, name, sex, age, whether voluntary, temporary or certified, whether a private, NHS or criminal patient, mode of admission, whether previously dealt with under the Lunacy Act, date of departure, discharge, removal or death and observations.

Alphabetical Registers, 1899-c.1982

These provide details of the date of admission, reference number, patient’s name, the union to which they were chargeable (until 1929), whether they were removed from the asylum or died there and the date of removal or death.

Reception Orders, c.1910-c.1970

These include the date of admission, date of reception order, general reference number, name of patient, dates upon which the order was renewed and remarks.  Each page relates to orders issued on one particular date over a period of years.

Medical Treatment Registers, c.1925-1951

These also include registers of mechanical restraint and seclusion, 1936-1985, disease registers, 1902-1942 and an operations register, 1931-1951.

Addresses of Patients and Patients’ Friends, 1899-1921

These can be very useful for tracing other members of the patient’s family.

Discharge registers and Transfer registers, 1899-1950

Registers of Deaths, 1909-1947

These provide details of the date of death, the date of the last admission, the number of the patient in the civil register, the name of the patient and whether they are private or pauper, their sex, age, the duration of their last attack of mental illness, the forms of their disorder on admission and at death, the principal and contributory causes of death and whether these were confirmed by a post-mortem.  For registers of the Horton Cemetery that served all of the Epsom Cluster hospitals between c.1902 and 1955, see 6376 (click the link to see the archive record).  An index to these registers has been prepared by Surrey History Centre volunteers, Mike and Gill Couper.

Post Mortem Registers, 1899-1991

Case Books And Papers, 1899-c.1975

These include case books, 1899-1915, private patient case books, 1899-1916, loose case notes 1899-1916 and results of patient intelligence tests, 1955-1975.

Medical Journals, 1899-1965

These are daily summaries of the number of patients in the hospital.  They list those in seclusion, describing the period of and reason for the treatment.  They also list those undergoing medical treatment and describe the nature of their bodily disorder.  Deaths, injuries and violence among the patients are also recorded.

Ward Report Books, 1958-1972

These daily or nightly records are useful for obtaining further details of a patients admission, care or death.

Photographs of patients and staff, c.1900-c.1930

Staff registers, 1899-c.1965

Staff Character books, 1922-1975

16 thoughts on “Manor Asylum, Epsom, Archives”

  1. john reeves says:

    Hi..I am interested in knowing if y iformtio or records exist from my grandfather…ALBERT EDWARD WILLIAM REEVES..he was a WW1 serviceman and was admitted in 1933 or so and died in 1943….he had some kind of nervous disorder from being gassed by the Germans….

    hope can help


  2. Hazel Ledgard says:

    My great grandmother Elizabeth Hannah Smith was admitted to the Manor Asylum in 1908. Later that year, she gave birth there to a son-Herbert Cecil.She died in 1917 at Banstead Asylum. I know very little about her apart from this. My grandfather, who was estranged from his father, visited her every week.He believed that his father had her committed because he wanted to be with someone else. I wish I knew more. can anyone help?

  3. Maureen Riseborough says:

    i am looking for information on Dora j turner who was my aunt. She was admitted in a lunatic asylum in Epsom Surrey is from 1941 onwards can you help me. I can remember visiting with my ,other who was her sister

    1. Maureen riseborough says:

      My aunt Dora j turner was in a Surrey mental asylum, which one I don’t remember. I do remember visiting Dora with my mum and dad. She married Mr. Dennis hubbal who was a gardener at the asylum she was in. Have you any information at all.

      From maureen riseborough

  4. jan feist says:

    I understand that my gt aunt Rosina Colwell dies in Epsom in October 1918,could you confirm this please and give me any info you have on her.Thank you

  5. Esther Dawney-New says:

    My grandmother Mary Dawney was an inpatient in one of the Epsom mental asylums sometime between 1946 and 1957 – I am interesting in finding out anything about her admission including the reason and diagnosis.

  6. Sheila says:

    Hello I’m trying to find my brother, his name is lan ogilvie pollock. He was at the manner hospital for many years from the 1970s

  7. Gili says:

    I am trying to find a staff member who worked at the manor hospital in 1970 when I trained there. He was my bestman had moved from manor to London and became a social worker His name was Leroy harry I migrated to Australia in 1982 and lost contact with him Any help will be great

  8. JRichards says:

    Hi. I think a relative of mine worked at Manor House (hospital) in 1947 (was this on Epsom Road, Guildford?). . She was living at the Malabar Hotel, Epsom Road, Guildford. I cannot find out what the Malabar Hotel was – a newly qualified nurse would not have been able to afford a proper hotel to live in.

    1. Chris says:

      We used to have a house when we were at the Guildford College, this was called Malabar house on Epsom Road and could have easily been a hotel. It had about 20 rooms. I believe they pulled it down mid 90’s.

      1. David Harford says:

        I used to be at Malabar House c. 1993. It was great fun, some really crazy stuff went on there. Vince was the warden and he had a bar at the college called Vinces Bar. It was good fun there, great memories. Dave

  9. Frances Weaver says:

    I am looking for information about my great aunt, whom worked at the Manor Asylum, she appears on the 1911 census Elizabeth Catherine Salter from Gravesend, occupation “housemaid” also the man she later married Stephen John Webb, also is on the census occupation “attendant”. I would be grateful for any information you could give me. Thank you

  10. Gordon Murch says:

    My Grandfather was at Epsom,He died in 1964 WW1 Veteran,he was a resident in the 1940s.My father his son is still alive and we would like any information availiable

  11. Gordon Murch says:

    Sorry ,we would be grateful of any leads.His Name was Herbert victor Murch born 1892.London.Kind regards Gordon Murch.

  12. Deb says:

    I think that my great grandfather was in Epsom at some time from 1902 to his death in perhaps 1921. There are only family stories to support this but therer is one 1911 census record, with a different first name but with a surname, nationality and occupation that seem to match.
    Does anybody know what a listing of lunatic infirmity 29 from around 1911 would be? Are therer records of admission and discharge available please?

  13. Mrs Quinn says:

    My sister June was in Manor Hosiyal Surrey from about the age of 10 her name was June Turner she was put in this hospital by my parents we think she died about 1965/1966 looking to do my family tree hope you can help

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