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Halford sale particulars


Please note: This catalogue entry and the record it describes, both contain an archaic, offensive term for people living with mental health issues. This has been retained in this specific context, as the term does not refer to any named individual, but to a legal protection for people experiencing mental health problems. Please contact staff if you have concerns or queries about this approach.

Sale particulars and plans for estates at Halford, Darlingscott and Armscote to be sold "with the approbation of the Masters in Lunacy".

Admin History

A 'Master in Lunacy' was historically a judicial officer, appointed by the Lord Chancellor to investigate the mental health of individuals who were believed to be incapable of managing their own affairs due to them experiencing mental health problems. The Master in Lunacy was responsible for ensuring that the individual's property was managed properly for their benefit.