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Asylum Discharge records
« on: Friday 21 January 22 18:08 GMT (UK) »
Hi everyone

I'm relatively new to this, so sorry if this topic has been covered elsewhere!  Can anybody help please with what discharge categories "Reld" and "Not Impd", top right, stand for please?  This is in the UK Lunacy Patients Admission Registers for 1846-1912

Thanks - and sorry the image isn't terribly clear; had to reduce it quite a bit.

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Re: Asylum Discharge records
« Reply #1 on: Friday 21 January 22 18:34 GMT (UK) »
According to a post on Rootschat some years ago, "Reld" means Relieved (i.e. sufficiently well to return home or to an ordinary hospital).

Still investigating "Not Impd", I can only guess at the moment that it's something like Not Impaired, ie not disabled. That's only a guess though, will see what I can find.
Bell, Salter, Street - Devon, Middlesbrough.
Lickess- North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough.
Etherington - North Yorks and Durham.
Barker- North Yorks
Crooks- Durham
Forster- North Yorks/Durham
Newsam, Pattison, Proud - North Yorks.
Timothy, Griffiths, Jones - South Wales

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Re: Asylum Discharge records
« Reply #2 on: Friday 21 January 22 18:38 GMT (UK) »
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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« Reply #3 on: Friday 21 January 22 18:42 GMT (UK) »
That's really helpful, thank you Roobarb!   I wondered about something like "not impeded" for "Not Impd" - as in, a patient who wanted to discharge themselves, and wasn't prevented from doing so. But "not impaired" seems likely ... although she'd been in this particular institution for 14 years, and another one before that.

I don't know what the nature of Emily's "illness" really was, although sadly, two girls from this family ended up in asylums after their father remarried. 


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« Reply #5 on: Friday 21 January 22 19:05 GMT (UK) »
Thanks from me too GG, good to add to the knowledge.

Some years ago I was able to look at the asylum records for an ancestor at my local archives, it all made very sad reading. The details of his illness were given, something that would probably have been dealt with these days without the need for admittance, he subsequently died in the asylum. Very sad indeed.
Bell, Salter, Street - Devon, Middlesbrough.
Lickess- North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough.
Etherington - North Yorks and Durham.
Barker- North Yorks
Crooks- Durham
Forster- North Yorks/Durham
Newsam, Pattison, Proud - North Yorks.
Timothy, Griffiths, Jones - South Wales

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« Reply #6 on: Friday 21 January 22 19:09 GMT (UK) »
Thanks from me too GG, good to add to the knowledge.

Some years ago I was able to look at the asylum records for an ancestor at my local archives, it all made very sad reading. The details of his illness were given, something that would probably have been dealt with these days without the need for admittance, he subsequently died in the asylum. Very sad indeed.

I agree, there are lots of very sad stories.  But we are now beginning to wonder whether Emily was "relieved" - taken home - by a family member.  So maybe luckier than some.

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« Reply #7 on: Friday 21 January 22 19:12 GMT (UK) »
"Reld" means Relieved (i.e. sufficiently well to return home or to an ordinary hospital).

She didn't go home or to an ordinary hospital, she was moved to Napsbury Asylum on the same day.

Sister Winifred Bigland, age 14, went to Tooting Bec asylum, 24 Aug 1909. Discharged 23 October 1909. Transferred to Darenth.
Winifred was sent from Paddington, but not sure that Gertrude was.

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« Reply #8 on: Friday 21 January 22 19:22 GMT (UK) »
"Reld" means Relieved (i.e. sufficiently well to return home or to an ordinary hospital).

She didn't go home or to an ordinary hospital, she was moved to Napsbury Asylum on the same day.

Sister Winifred Bigland, age 14, went to Tooting Bec asylum, 24 Aug 1909. Discharged 23 October 1909. Transferred to Darenth.
Winifred was sent from Paddington, but not sure that Gertrude was.

Yes, sorry - Gertrude's record here was from Napsbury records, having been moved from Colney asylum. Prior to this she was in a workhouse/infirmary with a young child, who was still in Ladbroke Grove Infirmary, aged 1, after Gertrude was moved.

Thanks for info on Winifred - we knew she was in Darenth, and that she died there in 1915 aged 19, but not about her being in Tooting Bec first. The family were living in Paddington, and it now looks like Gertrude may have been discharged home or to a family member shortly after their father died.