Leavesden Hospital History Association "The Act of Caring is Heroic"
Leavesden Hospital History Association"The Act of Caring is Heroic"


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Collection of Documents from the Hospital

Since 2009, I have collected a very large, and in some cases very rare, assortment of doucments which relate to the people, places and events that made up the Leavesden Asylum/Hospital from 1870 to 1995. These are being made available to the public so that anyone wishing to learn more about or research the operations of the hospital has as much information as possible, all in one place. I will be adding documents here soon so check back.

Thank you.


Martin Brooks -  16 Janurary 2021





Metropolitan Asylum District - Leavesden Asylum Stewards Weekly Wages Book
A hand written record of wages paid to staff working at the Leavesden Asylum from
8 October 1870 to 30 September 1871.
Leavesden Asylum Weekly Payment Book 187[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [26.8 MB]

The Herts Advertiser and St Albans Times 16-7-1887 p3.

The annual inspection of the Leavesden Asylum by the managers of the Metropolitan Asylum District took place on Saturday. A number of the members of the Asylum Board proceeded by train to Watford, and thence drove the asylum, Abbots Langley. The asylum - opened October, 1870 - contains accommodation for 2,000 harmless insane patients - 900 males and 1,100 females. The Leavesden estate comprises 85 acres one rood, of which about 38 acres are under cultivation. The cost per bed, including purchase of land, is £9O 14s. 7d., and the present cost per head per day for maintenance and clothing patients is 7d. Under the guidance of Dr. John Bell Sedgwick (the chairman of the committee of management), the managers made a complete inspection of the asylum, commencing with the administrative offices, passing to the chapel, then through female wards, next the male wards, and finally overlooking the farm. Many of the imbecile patients seemed anxious for liberty, and, of course, thought they were perfectly sane. Their delusions took various forms, such as imagining that they were wrongfully detained for interested motives, or complaining oftheir treatment, though it was evident that there was no ground for such complaints. One man wished to get "a situation outside," remarking that he would be steady. At a luncheon which subsequently took place under the presidency of Dr. John Bell Sedgwick, the health of Sir E. H. Galsworthy, the chairman of the Metropolitan Asylums Board was proposed, and it was pointed out, Sir E. H. Galsworthy being present, that this was the first institution under the management of the board, that he had visited since he had received the honour knighthood. Replying to the toast, Sir E. H. Galsworthy said he regarded the honour conferred upon him as due to hie official position, and all could say was during the time he had been connected with the board had done his best, as he should continue to do. He proposed "The health the committee of management." He stated that the committees of the board worked hard, and he went on to say that the newspapers occasionally made mistakes, even going as far as the Islington guardians to accuse the board of extravagance. The managers thought that the work was done economically, and that a great deal of public benefit was derived from the operations of the board, and they were satisfied. No one could examine such an institution as that without being satisfied with the admirable results. - The toast was responded to Dr. Sedgwick, who said that it was the desire of the committee to carry out the wishes of the board and to endeavour to promote the wellbeing of the miserable persons committed to their charge. Other toasts were given, reference being made to the excellent staff of the institution, and the care bestowed on the poor inmates.


Provided by:  Mike Atkinson, 8 December 2021.

Stewards Report Book - 31 July 1895 to 14 June 1899
During the early days of the Leavesden Asylum, the job of maintaining and managing the physical structure of the hospital, the bricks and mortar, as well as the 20 acres of landscape gardens and the 44 acres of the Home Farm, fell to that of the Chief Steward. Today these duties would be the responsibility of the Facilities, Premises, or Estate Manger.
This is the record made by Henry Chapman who worked as the Chief Steward of the Asylum from around 1895 to 1903.
Stewards Record Book - Edited - 28-12-20[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [18.7 MB]
"A Sterilized Water-Supply at Leavesden Asylum" - Paper No. 36060 - 1899
As the result of a Cholera epidemic at the Leavesden Asylum in early 1898, a report on the installation of a sterilized water supply system was requested from William Thomas Hatch, M. Inst. C.E.
Sterilized Water Supply Leavesden Asylum[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]
Metropolitan Asylums Board - Regulations for Staff - 1930
From 1868 to 1930, the Metropolitan Asylums Board managed the Leavesden Asylum. These are the regulations that staff would have been expected to follow during that time
MAB regulations for Staff 1930-high reso[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [7.0 MB]
Leavesden Mental Hospital - Manual of Duties - Revised 1932
London County Council, Manual of Duties - Extracted from the Statutory "General Rules" from management of the London County Mental Hospitals, and from the "Regulations" supplementing those Rules, made by the London County Council. Revised to 31st July 1932.
Manual of duties 1932-high resolution.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [16.4 MB]
London County Council Annual Report 1935
LCC Annual Report - 1935 - high resoluti[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [20.0 MB]
London County Council - Annual Report 1936
LCC Annual Report - 1936 - high resoluti[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [18.2 MB]
Abbots Langley Official Guide
A guide book produced by the Abbots Langley Parish Council sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Abbots Langley Offical Guide.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [10.1 MB]
Paddy Lundon - A Brief History of Leavesden Hospital - 1971
Paddy Lundon -History of Leavesden 1971-[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [4.1 MB]
Leavesden Group Hospital Journal - June 1973
Leavesden Group Journal - June 1973.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [20.1 MB]
Insight Magazine June 1974
Leavesden Hospital Insight Magazine - June 1974
Insight Mag - June 1974 - Edited 31-12-2[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [13.8 MB]
Leavesden and Abbots Langley Hospitals - Insight Magazine - October 1975
Leavesden Hospital-Insight Magazine-Octo[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [9.5 MB]
Leavesden and Abbots Langley Hospitals Magazine - November 1975
Insight Magazine - Nov 1975.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [15.8 MB]
Pat Allen Essay - 1979
Patricia (Pat) Allen was studying for her Ordinary National Certificate in Business Studies at St Albans College and selected to do her essay on the operations of the Leavesden Hospital. It is a detailed accounting of the inner workings of the institution in the 1979.
Pat Allen Essay -1979 - Pages 1-137 - wi[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [48.5 MB]
Pat Allen Essay Correspondence
Correspondence between Pat Allen and various departments of the Leavesden Hospital requesting information for her essay.
Pat Allen Essay Correspondence.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.7 MB]
Holy Communion in a Hospital
This is a copy of the Holy Communion that would have been used at the Leavesden Asylum/Hospital, Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Date is unknown.
Holy Communion in a Hospital - high reso[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.3 MB]
The History of Leavesden Hospital by Monica Diplock 1990
Monica Diplock was the Head of the Male Occupational Therapy Department at the Leavesden Hospital from 1962 to 1984. Seeing the writing on the walls that the hospital would soon be closing, she set about recording its history and heritage. Monica passed away in October of 2020 at the age of 96.
The History of Leavesden Hospital - M Di[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [46.4 MB]
Leavesden Hospital Information Booklet - October 1990
An outline of information of the facilities provided for residents and their relatives when at Leavesden Hospital.
Leavesden Information Booklet 1990-high [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [4.6 MB]
Leavesden Hospital Contact Newsheet - Spring 1991
Contact Newsheet - Spring Edition.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.4 MB]
Leavesden Hospital Contact Newsheet - Summer 1991
Contact - Leavesden Hospital Newsheet-Su[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [10.8 MB]
Leavescene - Leavesden Hospital Friends Group Journal - July 1992
Leavescene Group Journal July 1992.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.7 MB]
The Leavesden Hospital Story by Kevin Brown - 1995
The Leavesden Hospital Story Kevin Brown[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [7.8 MB]
A Draft Revised Planning Brief produced by Three Rivers District Council in August 1995 for the purposed development of the old Leavesden Hospital site.
Leavesden Hospital Planing Brief - 1995 [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [4.3 MB]
Service of Thanksgiving - 31 October 1995
A Service of Thanksgiving -31 October 19[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [7.1 MB]
Leavesden Revisited by Ian McMillian - 13 December 1995
An article written by Ian McMillan on behalf of the Nursing Times Magazine.
Leavesden Revisited - Ian McMillan-1995.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.1 MB]
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