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Cornwall County Asylum

Founded in 1815 at Westheath Avenue, Bodmin.
Became known as St Lawrence's Hospital under the National Health Service.
The Cornwall Record Office Guide to Sources says they hold records for the hospital from 1782-1971 (X97, X654).

Asylum 1876
The County Lunatic Asylum is about a mile from the church, west of the town: it consists of five principal blocks of buildings; the first was erected in 1820, the second in 1842, the third in 1848, fourth in 1867, and fifth in 1873; four are used for pauper and one for private patients, giving accommodation for a total of more than 600: the committee of visitors consisting of 10 county magistrates and 5 subscribers meets on the last Monday in each month.  

County Lunatic Asylum, Bore Street. 
W H Pole Carew, esq. chairman of committee of visitors; 
Richard Adams, genl supt; 
B Neal assist. Supt; Rev
William Iago B.A. chaplain and librarian; 
Samuel Hicks clerk of asylum and committee & Steward, 
Charles Carey storekeeper, 
Miss Sarah Jane Trist Matron; 
Miss Vicary, assist. matron.
Source: Kelly's Directory 1876 

Asylum 1897
The County Lunatic Asylum, for the reception of private patients and pauper lunatics, a little to the west of the Town of Bodmin on a site of about 9 acres, consists of eight blocks of buildings radiating from a centre, with annexes and detached blocks subsequently erected and residences for the various officers. The first portion, for 100 patients, was built in 1820; in 1842 the "high building" was added, and in 1848 a "new building" was built; A further enlargement was made in 1867 by the erection of the Carew Block; in 1873 an additional building was erected, and in 1884 another. There is a dining and recreation hall, 80 by 34 feet. The Asylum is now available for 760 patients; the average being, males 305, and females 366, 24 of the former and 23 of the latter being private patients.

In an outer enclosure is a chapel, erected 1859-61, at a cost, with subsequent enlargement, of 1,515; it consists of apsidal chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, transept and porch, vestry and a turret containing one bell; below the chapel is a crypt, there are sittings for 350 persons.

Richard Adams, Medical Superintendent
Rev. William Iago, Chaplain and Librarian
Charles H. Lowe, Clerk to the Asylum and Steward
John Budge Crocker, Storekeeper
Miss Eliza Templar Vicary & Miss Lil Hope, Matrons
Source: Kelly's Directory 1897

St Lawrences Hospital

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St Lawrences Hospital,
Cornwall, PL31 2QT
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