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Register of Persons Admitted To Asylums – 1834-1853

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. This Register lists persons admitted to the asylums at Devonport and Plympton from 1834 to July 1845. The other asylum mentioned, for which only two patients were listed during the whole period to October 1853, was Ford House. The name, age, married status, occupation and place of residence of each inmate was recorded where known, as well as the date of admission. For some patients, dates of discharge or death were given. Inmates were mostly from south and west Devon, but there were some from parishes in north Devon and Dartmoor, and a few from out of county and overseas. The Devon County Asylum, Exminster, was built during the years of the Lunacy Enquiry, but was not opened until 1845. From August 1845, all admissions except one were to the new County Asylum. From this date, only the name and dates of admission and discharge were recorded in this Register. For more information on each of these patients, the records of the Devon County Asylum itself [collection 3769A] which are held at Devon Record Office, may be searched.


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