Manor House Asylum

  • Manor House Asylum, Chiswick
MSS.5725-5726 and 6222-6227
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The collection comprises six casebooks relating to male and female patients and one of voluntary boarders, both male and female. There is also a file of correspondence to members of the Tuke family and others. The collection includes undated material.



Physical description

7 volumes and 1 file


MS.5725 is a male and female casebook, MSS.6222-6224 are male casebooks, MSS.6225-6226 are female casebooks, MS.6227 is a voluntary boarders casebook and MS.5726 is a file of correspondence.

The material is arranged chronologically. There are gaps in the sequence.

Acquisition note

Purchased from R.D. Gurney Ltd. in 1981 (accession number 334938) and from Mr L.E. Bond in 1989 (accession number 348216).

Biographical note

Manor House Asylum was a private lunatic asylum (metropolitan licensed house) founded by Edward Francis Tuke (c.1776-1846) and continued by the Tuke family. The Asylum moved to Chiswick House in 1893 and was later known as Chiswick House Asylum.

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).

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by Wellcome Collection as part of The Mental Health Archives digitisation project.


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Accession number

  • 334938
  • 348216