Are there any Lancashire locals on Wikitree who can visit Lancashire Archives
I am keen to find out why John Ratcliffe was in Lancaster Asylum and any other information the medical records may hold. I am in Australia and Lancashire archives have no record search service. They have provided the following information:
Records of the hospital as an institution are in the HRL collection, and an overview of that is here (see here for a list of individual items) and there are some casebooks for that period within HRL/4.
There are some records dealing with lunacy in the Quarter Sessions records at QAM (and a list of those items is here) with some material on Lancaster Asylum at QAM/1.
I'm currently at a dead end but very keen to find out what illness John had plus any other information on his cause of death and length of time spent at the asylum.