Catalogue description Admiralty: Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar: Miscellaneous Books and Records

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Details of ADM 305
Reference: ADM 305
Title: Admiralty: Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar: Miscellaneous Books and Records

This series contains a wide variety of administrative documents and some plans relating to the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, Hants. Included are a few records from the Hospital's lunatic asylum, medical school and museum. The "Council" mentioned in the list was a management board.

This series also includes a series of burial registers, 1826-1954, which were transferred from the Navy Chaplain's department of the Ministry of Defence.

Date: 1755-1968
Related material:

Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials for other naval establishments are in ADM 338

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, 1753-

Physical description: 116 files and volumes
Administrative / biographical background:

On 15 September 1744 the Navy Board presented a memorial to George II, proposing to build hospitals at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham, for the cure of sick and wounded seamen from HM Ships, as the service suffered "so greatly from the loss of seamen either by death or desertion, who are sent on shore for the cure of their distempers".

In 1745 land was acquired at Haslar near Gosport, Hants, and the Royal Hospital Haslar was built 1746-1762. Its architects, Sir Jacob Ackworth and Theodore Jacobsen, based their design on the double-block design used for Greenwich Palace by Inigo Jones. The Navy Board had specified that the Hospital should accommodate 1500 patients: it was the largest brick building in Europe. The first patients were received in 1753. In 1954 "Naval" was added to the hospital's name.

There have been many famous medical officers at Haslar, including James Lind, Sir John Richardson, Sir William Burnett and Sir Thomas Spencer Wells, all of whom appear in The Dictionary of National Biography.

The hospital still has a museum and library. The museum grew considerably in the 19th century, with the great number of naval expeditions undertaken, but many specimens were lost in World War II when it was hit by a bomb. The library contains some very old medical books dating back to the 16th century.

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