The reception orders include details of the patients’ names; condition, occupation; address; religion; nature of attack; and certificate of Magistrate or Doctor. Some reception orders include correspondence and detailed medical certificates. The numbers given next to each item are patient admission numbers and correspond to numbers in the subseries of admission registers. The dates given reflect the first and last dates of admission within each run of numbers.
Typed forms were prepared under the Lunatics Act (c.126) of 1845, and then under the Lunacy Act of 1890. Up to 1930 patients were sent from Poor Law Unions which were: Pentraeth, Holyhead, co. Anglesey, Bangor and Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Pwllheli and Conwy, co. Caernarfon, Llanrwst, Ruthin and Wrexham, co. Denbigh, Corwen, Ffestiniog and Bala, co. Merioneth, Machynlleth and Llanfyllin, co. Montgomery, St Asaph, Hawarden and Holywell, co. Flint, Great Broughton, co. Chester and West Derby, and co. Lancashire. After 1930 patients were referred from public assistance departments of one of six counties in North Wales.