Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, Abergavenney (Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum), later Pen-y-Fal Hospital Records

Scope and Content

Records of Pen-y-Fal Hospital, Monmouthshire, 1847-1984, including records of meetings, 1953-1977; correspondence, 1887-1984; financial records, 1959-1980; personnel records, 1911-1963; legal and contractual records, 1847-1943; patients' records, 1851-1974; building records, 1954-1973; plans, 1964-1972; publications, 1897-1969; civil defence records, 1956-1965; miscellaneous, 1945-1956; records of associated hospitals, 1903-1965.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, Abergavenny, was opened in 1851 and initially served the Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Brecknockshire and Radnorshire. From 1897 it became the Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum, then Monmouthshire Mental Hospital between 1916 and 1923. The hospital was then renamed Pen-y-Val, until 1950 when it became known as the Pen-y-Fal Hospital. The hospital was closed in 1996.


Arranged into the following: Meetings; Correspondence; Financial; Personnel; Legal and contractual; Patients and medical; Sites and buildings; Publications; Civil defence; Other records; Associated hospitals.

Access Information

Non medical records closed for 30 years. The following records are closed for 100 years from the last date: D3202.25-36, 38-60, 86.

Acquisition Information



Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, Abergavenney (Monmouthshire Lunatic Asylum), later Pen-y-Fal Hospital Records; Powys: A Day in the Life website ( eng/eindex.html) viewed 26 May 2004; Index of English and Welsh Lunatic Asylums and Mental Hospitals ( viewed 26 May 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected