Ackland and Littlewood families

  • Ackland, William (c.1791-1867)
MSS.5410-5419 and 7205-7216
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The items in this collection can broadly be categorised as follows: day-books and a diary recording visits to patients and medicines prescribed; patient accounts ledgers; apprenticeship indentures of William Ackland; recipe books and medical notebooks; casebook, medical notes and correspondence of Charles Kingsley Ackland; memoirs, correspondence, photographs, diplomas and miscellaneous papers of the Ackland family.



Physical description

9 volumes, 14 files and 1 large folder


Within each block of manuscripts, items relating to the administration of the practice are generally followed by personal papers.

Acquisition note

Presented by Dr. Mark J. Littlewood in 1986 (MSS.5410-5419) and 1996 (MSS.7205-7216) (both groups of papers acc.347617).

Biographical note

William Ackland (c.1791-1867), William Henry Ackland (c.1825-1898), Charles Kingsley Ackland (1859-1940) and the latter’s nephew Martin Wentworth Littlewood (1888-1972) were four generations of general practitioners who had a practice in Bideford, Devon.

Related material

At Wellcome Collection: MS.5420 comprises letters by Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) to Dr. William Henry Ackland. Kingsley was the godfather of Ackland’s son, Charles Kingsley Ackland.

Finding aids

Database description taken from that in: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999) and subsequent typescript supplementary finding aids by Richard Aspin, Christopher Hilton, Keith Moore and Richard Palmer.

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Accession number

  • 347617