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Glamorgan Archives
Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DHWH

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff records

Short Title: Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff records

Creation date(s): 1905-2008

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.54 cubic metres (273 volumes, 4 bundles, 1 binder, 1 file, 1 paper, 1 envelope, and 19 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff; Ely and Whitchurch Hospital Management Committee; Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital; Whitchurch Emergency Hospital; City of Cardiff Mental Hospital Committee


Administrative/Biographical history: Cardiff City Mental Hospital was opened in 1908 by Cardiff County Borough Council with the aim of filling the gap in the existing provision for the care of the mentally ill. Patients from Cardiff had previously relied upon private institutions, the Glamorgan County Lunatic Asylum (which opened in 1864, taking a quota of Cardiff patients), the Cardiff workhouse and the observation wards at City Lodge (later St David's) Hospital, Cardiff. The site chosen was the Velindre (Felindre) estate, Whitchurch, about three miles from the centre of the city and outside the county borough boundaries until 1996. In 1948 the hospital was re-named Whitchurch Hospital and was placed in the care of the Whitchurch and Ely Hospital Management Committee. From 1974 Whitchurch Hospital became the centre of the psychiatric services of South Glamorgan Health Authority. Whitchurch Hospital was used as the site of the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital 1915-1919 and as the Whitchurch Emergency Hospital, Whitchurch, 1940-1945.


Scope and content/abstract: City of Cardiff Mental Hospital Committee minutes, 1915-1922; Ely and Whitchurch hospitals management committeee minutes, 1948-1969; land and property registers relating to Cardiff and Barry, 1952; visitors' book, 1908-1960; financial and statistical records, 1921-1965; staff and salaries records, 1908-1965; general patients registration, admission and discharge records, 1908-1988; patients files, 1918-1968; records relating to admissions and discharges and attendances in particular departments, 1924-1979; returns and reports relating to patients, 1935-1960; miscellaneous patients' records, 1908-1960; records relating to deaths, funerals and post mortems, 1905-1993; patients' property, comforts, pensions and record of friends, 1941-1984; miscellaneous records, 1930-1953; records relating to the Hospital's centenary, 2008


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Chronological within record series.

Conditions governing access: Items containing information on named individuals maybe restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 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


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained, with the exception of patient files which are represented by a sample.

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Cardiff Community Healthcare, Jan 1999, and by the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, Jul 2008.


Related material: DHWHE Cardiff Royal Infirmary War Emergency Hospital Records


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 | Cardiff

Personal names

Corporate names
Cardiff Royal Infirmary War Emergency Hospital
Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital
Whitchurch Hospital

Cardiff (Wales)
Whitchurch (Cardiff, Wales)

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