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Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, Abergavenney (Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum), later Pen-y-Fal Hospital Records

Reference code(s): GB 0218 D3202

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Title: Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, Abergavenney (Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum), later Pen-y-Fal Hospital Records

Short title: Pen-y-Fal Hospital (Abergavenny), records

Dates of creation: 1847-1984

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 333 items (arranged 1-101)

Name of creator(s): Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum: Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum; Monmouthshire Mental Hospital; Pen-y-Val Hospital; Pen-y-Fal Hospital


Administrative and biographical history: The Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, Abergavenny, was opened in 1851 and initially served the Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Brecknockshire and Radnorshire. From 1897 it became the Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum, then Monmouthshire Mental Hospital between 1916 and 1923. The hospital was then renamed Pen-y-Val, until 1950 when it became known as the Pen-y-Fal Hospital. The hospital was closed in 1996.


Scope and content: Records of Pen-y-Fal Hospital, Monmouthshire, 1847-1984, including records of meetings, 1953-1977; correspondence, 1887-1984; financial records, 1959-1980; personnel records, 1911-1963; legal and contractual records, 1847-1943; patients' records, 1851-1974; building records, 1954-1973; plans, 1964-1972; publications, 1897-1969; civil defence records, 1956-1965; miscellaneous, 1945-1956; records of associated hospitals, 1903-1965.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Meetings; Correspondence; Financial; Personnel; Legal and contractual; Patients and medical; Sites and buildings; Publications; Civil defence; Other records; Associated hospitals.

Conditions governing access: Non medical records closed for 30 years. The following records are closed for 100 years from the last date: D3202.25-36, 38-60, 86.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposit,1994.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, Abergavenney (Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum), later Pen-y-Fal Hospital Records; Powys: A Day in the Life website ( eng/eindex.html) viewed 26 May 2004; Index of English and Welsh Lunatic Asylums and Mental Hospitals ( viewed 26 May 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: May 2004



Asylums | Wales | Monmouthshire

Asylums | Wales, South

Hospitals | Wales | Monmouthshire

Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum (Abergavenny, Wales) | Archives

Mentally ill | Care | Wales | Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum | Records and correspondence

Monmouthshire Mental Hospital | Records and correspondence

Pen-y-Fal Hospital (Abergavenny, Wales) | Records and correspondence

Pen-y-Val Hospital (Abergavenny, Wales) | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Corporate names

Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum

Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum

Monmouthshire Mental Hospital

Pen-y-Fal Hospital

Pen-y-Val Hospital