The Royal Earlswood Hospital, formerly known as Earlswood Asylum for Idiots and Imbeciles, was founded in 1847. The hospital closed in 1997.
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 Royal Earlswood Asylum at Surrey History Centre are 392, 6523, 6817 and 7338. 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.
Admission Registers, 1857-1992
These registers provide details of number in order of admission; date of admission; fore and surname; class of admission; previous occupation and place of abode; by whose authority the patient was sent; date of medical certificate; bodily condition and form of mental disorder; supposed cause of insanity; date of discharge or death.
Case Books, 1854-1966
The books give detailed description of the abilities and disabilities of the patients on arrival, their family circumstances (whether parents were alive, the number of brothers and sisters, patient’s order in the family) and periodic reports on the progress of the case. Photographs of the inmates are occasionally included. A note was entered on death or discharge, with, occasionally, a short assessment of the development of the patient.
Medical Journals, 1893-1964
These registers, show number and names of inmates under medical treatment; cause of illness; cause of death; with cross references to the Post Mortem and Mechanical Restraint Books. Registers from 1895 to 1902 give particulars of restraint and seclusion.
Registers of Deaths, 1878-1922 and 1855-1960
Registers, showing date of death; name; sex; age; profession; residence; cause of death.
Staff Records, 1868-1995