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Glamorgan Archives
Royal Hamadryad Hospital, Cardiff records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DHHA

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Royal Hamadryad Hospital, Cardiff records

Short Title: Royal Hamadryad Hospital, Cardiff records

Creation date(s): 1906-2002

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.3 cubic metres (42 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Royal Hamadryad Hospital, Cardiff


Administrative/Biographical history: The hospital was built to mark the celebration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee 1897. Cardiff Borough Council chose to mark the event by establishing a permanent building to replace the Hamadryad seamen's hospital ship which had been in operation since 1866 - a building which had outlived its usefulness and considered to be an eyesore. £30,000 was considered necessary to build the hospital of which £5,000 and a site in Ferry were promised by the 3rd Marquess of Bute (died October 1900). the marquess increased his contribution to £10,000 but under his will this finally amounted to £13,500. The remainder was raised from John Cory (£2,000), Morel & Co (£1,000), Cardiff City Football Club (£532 11s 2d) and public subscription. the hospital was designed by E.W.M. Corbett and work was begun in May 1900 by the contractors W. Thomas & Co. The foundation was laid by the 4th Marquess of Bute on 7 August 1900. The hospital was completed in May 1905 providing 54 beds and was equipped with electric lighting and x-ray equipment.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Royal Hamadryad Hospital, Cardiff including admissions registers, 1938-1972; Front Lodge admissions registers, 1963-1970; Ward admissions books, 1959-1965; anaesthetic and operations books, 1949-1969; registers of x-rays, 1950-1972; miscellaneous records relating to medical care and treatment, 1940-1998; miscellaneous administrative records, 1927-1971


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to record type and date

Conditions governing access: Items containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Glamorgan Archives policy.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office by the medical secretary of St Davids Hospital, Cardiff, 2001-2002



Archivist's note: Compiled by David Morris for the ANW project. The following source was used for compilation: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids.

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2005

Hospitals | Wales | Barry

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Royal Hamadryad Hospital

Cardiff (Wales)

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