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Epsom Cluster #4

RAYSON, Walter Sydney

b.1873-d.1918 Walter’s parents Walter was born in the March quarter of 1873 in Southwark (reference St. Olave Southwark 1d 305). His parents, Philip  Rayson  and Agnes Amelia , née Ashby,  were married on 27 January 1856 at St. James’ Church, Bermondsey. He was a widower and  was described as being “of age”, (i.e. over 21)…. read more »


b.1873-d.1917 Long Grove records have Arthur dying in 1917 at the age of 44, so he was born about 1873. I found his birth registered in the General Record Office in the  March Quarter of 1873 in St Pancras and his mother’s maiden name was Peck.  1850s I will start his story way back in… read more »

CURWOOD, Thomas Edward

b.1870-d.1908 Thomas’s parents Thomas Edward Curwood was born in the Kensington registration district in the December quarter of 1870 to Thomas Curwood and his wife Harriet née Beckett. Thomas senior had been born in Richmond, Surrey in 1839 (he died 1914). His wife Harriet was also born in 1839 in Fulham (she died in1909.). They… read more »

RIDLEY, Valentine George

b.1892-d.1916 Valentine’s family Valentine’s birth was registered in the 1st Q of 1892 in Greenwich, Kent. No baptism certificate has been found to confirm his DOB or mother’s name but throughout his story his father is shown as George Ridley. Valentine is the first of four children.  His siblings were: Elizabeth (May) registered 1stQ 1894,… read more »

BISHOP, Charles Joseph

b.1856-d.1909 Charles’ parents and siblings To research Charles’ story, I first found his birth register on the General Register Office website. This revealed that Charles’ birth was registered in 1856 in the January, February, March quarter in the district of Edmonton. His mother’s maiden name was Lee. The London, England, Church of England Births and… read more »

BRYANT, Percy Henry

b.1890-d.1914 Percy’s childhood Percy was born, the eldest of seven children, on 2nd December 1890 and baptised on 22nd February at St John the Divine, Richmond, Surrey. The family are living at 7, Sheendale Villas, Richmond, Surrey an area of newly developed small villas which are now part of a conservation area.  Percy’s parents married… read more »

LARNER, Emily (née Nurton)

b.1838-d.1902 Emily’s parents and siblings Emily’s father, George Nurton, was aged 26 when he married her 19-year-old mother Harriet Pargiter on 9 June 1833 at St James Church in Paddington. Over the next seventeen years the couple had twelve children including Emily. Name Born Married Died Harriet Emma 20 September 1833 ? ? George Charles… read more »

MEIN, Alexander

b.1873-d.1902 Alexander’s parents and siblings According to the certificate of his baptism which took place on 13 February 1874 in St Philip’s Church in Dalston, Hackney, Alexander was born on 21 October 1873. The baptismal entry also recorded that his father Thomas Alexander, a civil engineer, and his mother Isabella were living in Lavender Grove. … read more »

GARDNER, Thomas George

b.1878-d.1913 Thomas’s parents Thomas was born on 15th March 1878 in Fulham.  His parents were Thomas Gardner and Jane Miller Crook and they married in St Saviour’s church Southwark on 22nd April 1877.  The later censuses suggest that both parents were born about 1842 so were in their mid 30s when they married. The family… read more »

BLACKMORE, Arthur John

b.1880-d.1913 Arthur was born in the last quarter of 1880 in Greenwich, South East London (shown as Kent in the records).  He was christened in Christ Church, Greenwich on 20th April 1881.   Arthur’s Parents Arthur’s mother was Amelia (sometimes written Amelie) Elizabeth Brooks and she was born in 1857 in Mildenhall, Suffolk.  She married Arthur… read more »


b.1870-d.1917 A challenging subject Henry was recorded as being 47 years of age when he died in Long Grove in March 1917, and buried in grave number 1178a, so he was born about 1870. I have found tracing him rather challenging.  Only two men named Henry Chesterman were born within two years of 1870 according… read more »

TRIGGS, George

b.1865(?)-d.1913 It has been impossible to determine the correct birth details for George as there are several George Trigg(s) born around the same time (approx. 1865 or 1866) and none of them fits exactly with what we know about our George.  Furthermore, nothing can be found for him on the censuses taken in 1871 or… read more »

FRIZELL, Frederick Robert

b.1874-d.1912 Frederick’s parents Frederick’s father, Frederick Fenton Frizell, was born in Dublin about 1841. Frederick’s mother was Harriet Frizell née Butress. Frederick Fenton Frizell’s parents were Robert Nicolls Frizell and Janet Frizell, née Lockhart. Frederick’s parents were married in the December quarter of 1869 in Plymouth (ref. East Stonehouse 5b 571. In 1937 East Stonehouse… read more »


b.1888 –d.1912. George’s parents George’s parents were George and Annie Gilbert née Coleman. George snr was born in the SQ 1858 in Newington, London and Annie in 1861 in St Pancras, Middlesex. They married on 25th December 1881 at St John’s Church, Walworth. Many less well off couples married on Christmas day as the fees… read more »

CORBETT, John Francis

b.1858-d.1908 This story is probably typical of the majority of unfortunate people who passed through the asylum system during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. John was born, baptised into the Christian faith, educated, learned a trade but illness and circumstance led to a downward spiral of incarceration in multiple asylums over the course of his… read more »


b.1891-d.1911 Ellen was only 20 years old when she died and has sadly left little trace of her existence but we can glimpse at her short life from the few records that exist for her. Ellen’s Family Roots Ellen’s parents were Frederick William Gilliam and Ellen Margaret Young from London. Margaret’s father originated from Edinburgh… read more »

REEVE, Jane Sarah

b.1840-d.1912 Jane’s family Jane Sarah Reeve was born on 10th January 1840 and was baptised on 9th February 1840 in St Mary’s Church Marylebone.   Her parents were Thomas Blythe Reeve and Jane Reeve, nee Brown.  Her father hailed from Suffolk and her mother was born in Scotland.  Her parents married on 31st May 1833 in… read more »

HACKETT, Edward ( Robert Edward)

b.1861-d.1917 Childhood: 1861-1878 Edward Hackett was born Robert Edward Hackett on 23 October 1861 in Newington, Surrey (now part of the London Borough of Southwark). His parents were Richard (né William Richard) Hackett, a boot and shoemaker, and Caroline Hackett (née Humphreys). The couple were wed in October 1856 and had four other children during… read more »

GOODWIN, Robert John 

b.1875-d.1917 We know that Robert John Goodwin was not buried in Horton Cemetery but further research will need to be carried out to establish his exact burial location. It is likely that he was buried in Banstead Hospital Cemetery. Childhood and family life: 1875-1893 Robert John Goodwin was born in the first quarter of 1875… read more »


b.1861-d.1917 When Annie Kelland married Robert Dolding in 1884 she could not have imagined that within ten years she would be widowed, destitute and that she and her children would be living in a workhouse. Nor could she have thought that she would end her days in an asylum and be buried in a pauper’s… read more »

WESLEY, James 

b.1857-d.1917  James’s parents James Wesley was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire in the 4th quarter of 1857. He was the fourth child of agricultural labourer Thomas Wesley (though in two censuses his father’s name is given as ‘Westley’) and his wife Sarah (née Wells). Thomas was born in the village of Quarrendon, near Aylesbury, in 1821… read more »


b.1854-d.1917 Born in Zurich, married in London All we know of Otto John Hedinger’s early life is that he was born in Zurich, Switzerland in about 1854, the son of Otto Hedinger, a tailor. We do not know when he arrived in England but we first meet him on his wedding day, the 27th of… read more »


b.1847-d.1917 A quiet and comfortable life Throughout her life Mary Jane’s surname was written variously as Blasdell, Blazedell, Blaisdell and Blayzdell but she was registered at birth as Blazdell. From the documents we have at our disposal it would appear that, until her final years at least, Mary Jane Blazdell lived a quiet and comfortable… read more »


b.1874 – d.1910 Parents and Norfolk background Predominantly the Shreeve surname originates from Norfolk and Lottie’s family is no exception. Her father Leonard was born in Norwich in 1841, the son of John and Clarissa Shreeve. His father was a cordwainer or a shoemaker, a profession which Leonard followed. Lottie’s mother Hannah, born in 1842, was… read more »

GALLIANO, James Price (Listed as GALLIAM)

b.1875-d.1910   A Mediterranean Background James Price Galliano was the youngest of seven children born to a Roman Catholic family in a well to do area of Clapham. His parents Victoria Mary née Price (known as Victorine) and Anthony Galliano were married sometime prior to 1864 in Gibraltar. Victorine was a British subject and Anthony… read more »

HIRON, Matilda Lucy

b.1861-d.1909 Matilda’s parents In 1858, Henry Franklin Hiron, an engineer, married Matilda Fell in Stepney. Matilda was the daughter of another engineer and plumber, Richard Fell, who also happened to be Henry’s boss and later partner. Henry was the son of a silk throwster from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire.  Matilda’s siblings The couple’s first child,… read more »

BURFITT, Matilda Georgina

b.1857-d.1910   A Word of Caution Burial records state Matilda was 42 years old at her death. I have been unable to find any records that correspond to that age group. Burfitt is quite an unusual name and I have researched a Matilda Georgina Burfitt born 10 years earlier. This is the only record that… read more »

ATTWOOD, Leslie Charles

b.1899-d1917 Leslie’s family Leslie Charles Attwood was born in the June quarter of 1899, the third child and second son of Charles Attwood and Alice Amelia née Appleby. Charles, born in 1858, a plasterer and Alice, born in 1867, had married on 14th September 1895 at St James’s Church, Lambeth. Their respective fathers, Charles Attwood,… read more »

GILL, Jane

b.1875-d.1910 Jane’s parents Jane Gill’s parents married at Holy Trinity Church in Hull on 25 November 1868. Her father Thomas Gill originated from Manchester according to census returns and her mother, Jane Clarridge from Bethnal Green, was the daughter of a glassblower.  Quite how Jane came to be so far from London is not clear… read more »

KING, Ernest Albert

b.1858-d.1916 Ernest’s family Ernest Albert King was born in the 3rd quarter of 1858 to Matthew and Elizabeth King (née Barrett) in Nash, a small village in the north of Buckinghamshire, about five miles from the town of Buckingham. Matthew King was a baker and Ernest was the couple’s sixth child after Thomas (born in… read more »

PENSA, Peter

b.1856-d.1917 Peter Pensa (or Penza in some documents) was born in Clerkenwell on the 3rd of March, 1856. He was the second child of Peter John Pensa and his wife Harriet (née Fowler). Peter John, his father, born in Holborn on the 31st of October 1829, was the son of an Italian barometer maker, John… read more »

AUDAIN, Cyril Bannatyne

b.1861 -d.1916 During his early life Cyril Audain must have enjoyed advantages and privileges most of the patients in Long Grove could only dream about. The son of a prominent estate owner in the West Indies, he was brought up in Kensington, had the status of ‘gentleman’ and, at the age of twenty-one, married the… read more »

THOMPSON, Samuel Thomas

b.1856-d.1917 Thanks to his distinctive name it is not difficult to find Samuel Thomas Thompson in censuses and other official documents. Even so, we can only glean a few details of what appears to have been a rather uneventful life. What we know is that his early years were marked by tragedy. He became a… read more »

HARDING, Harriet Emma

b.1864-d.1918 From the few documents we have that refer to Harriet Emma Harding it would appear that she led a very uneventful life due, perhaps, to the mental health problems that would necessitate her eventual admission to Long Grove. However, unlike many of her fellow patients in the institution, it seems that Emma was able… read more »

JONES, Grace Ethel Primrose

b.1899-d.1918 Grace’s parents Grace Ethel Primrose Jones was born on 19th April 1899. She was the eldest child of Frederick Albert Jones (1874 – 1927), a stationer’s packer, and Ada Rebecca née Byford (1878 – 1983). The couple had married in 1898 in St George, Hanover Square. In the 1901 Census the family is living at… read more »


b.1843-d.1908 Emma’s birth in Dedham, Essex Emma Howard nee Joslin was baptised on 18th December 1843 at St Mary’s Church, Dedham in Essex, a village about 8 miles north-east of Colchester. She was the daughter of Daniel Joslin or Jossleyn (1801-1861) and his wife Eliza née Clark (1811-1889). Her birth was registered in the Lexden… read more »

JOHNSON, William Arthur

b.1867(?)-d.1910 William – a difficult subject to trace William has proved difficult to trace and, after twenty hits on a potential birth certificate, it has been narrowed down to one possible case of a William Arthur Johnson born in Newington, London in the January to March quarter in 1867. So, my review has focused around… read more »

HAMILTON, Charles Frederick

b.1891-d.1915 1890s – Charles’s early life in Bermondsey The 1891 Census tell us that Charles Frederick Hamilton was born in 1891 to Arthur Ainslie Hamilton, aged 26, born in Brighton, and Ada J Rodgers aged 25, born in Woolwich, a working-class couple in the bustling district of Southwark, London.  Southwark had always held a strong working-class population due to… read more »

WALLER (WALL), John William

b.1866-d.1910 John’s burial record incorrectly records his surname as Waller but there is no corresponding death certificate under that surname. There is however a death certificate for a John William Wall and a corresponding Lunatic Register entry. The death certificate confirms that it is in fact John William Wall and not Waller. Early Days John’s… read more »

SPRING, Elizabeth

b.1855-d.1917 Elizabeth’s parents Born in the 4th quarter of 1855, Elizabeth Spring was the eldest child of John William Spring and his first wife, Margaret (née Brick). Both parents were born in London, John in Saffron Hill in 1829 and Margaret in St James’s in 1832. Margaret’s parents were both from Ireland.  In his ‘Handbook… read more »

MORGAN, Alfred

b.1881-1915 1880s – Alfred’s birth in the East End and his father’s work. In May of 1881, the walls of 5 Buttesland Street in Hoxton, London resounded to the cries of a baby, Alfred Samuel Morgan. Alfred was born the sixth of seven children to Henry and Emma Morgan, a working-class family with a sizable… read more »

ABER, James William

b.1886-d.1915 James’s birth and early life – a taste of the tragedies ahead James William Aber was born on the 27th of September 1886 in Camberwell, London to Henry and Sarah (née Jennings). They were a young south London couple who had only moved a few miles since they themselves had been born.  James was… read more »

ROLFE, Thomas Philip

b.1851 – d.1910 Thomas’s parents and siblings Although he appears in Long Grove records as Thomas Philip Rolfe, our subject was actually registered at birth as Philip Thomas Rolfe. He was born in Bermondsey on the 9th of May 1851 to Philip Rolfe and Eliza Bellis. Eliza called herself Rolfe in the 1841, 1851 and… read more »

SOAR, Mary Ann

b.1861-d.1907 Mary Ann Soar was born in the 1st quarter of 1861 to Josiah Paul Soar and his wife Maria (née Torond). Josiah, born in Deptford, Kent, in 1820 was the son of William and Mary Soar (née Atkins). Like his father, Josiah was a plumber and glazier.  Maria was born in Shoreditch, Hackney in… read more »


b.1866- d.1910 Sophia’s parents and siblings Sophia Jobling was born Sophy Ann Buttery in the 2nd quarter of 1866 to John Thomas Buttery and his wife Mary Ann (née Denton). Although born in Plumstead, her birth was registered in Lewisham. Mary Ann was also born in Plumstead in 1826, the daughter of John and Ann… read more »

CAMPBELL, Emily Elizabeth

b.1871-d.1953 Pauline Powell, Emily’s great niece, researched, wrote and supplied the trace material for the story and from whom we have permission to publish the story. Emily Elizabeth Campbell was my great aunt, my Grandmother’s elder sister, born on 13th December 1871 in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire. She was the daughter of Henry John and Fanny Campbell,… read more »

LEWIS, Francis

b.1866-1908 Francis was born in the March quarter of 1866, in St. George in the East registration district, London. His parents were Jacob Lewis (Lowies/Lowres?) born about 1830 and Anita née Van Win, born about 1832. Both parents were from Belgium. Jacob was a cigar maker. There is a tree on Ancestry (not verified) which… read more »


b.1860-d.1918 According to the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses Marie was born in France. I have not been able to confirm this. On each of these censuses Marie is described as a widow and a dressmaker. In 1891 Marie was lodging with the Brittain family at 83, Chester Terrace, St George’s Hanover Square parish. William… read more »

SPURRETT, Thomas Richard

b.1851-d.1908 Thomas Richard Spurret was born in the December quarter of 1851 to Richard (1829 – 1893) and Emma CRIPPS (1833-1887). They had married in 1851 at Witney, Oxfordshire. Thomas was baptised on November 23rd 1851. Thomas was the eldest of eleven children. His father Richard was an agricultural labourer, so work and life must… read more »


b.1891-d.1911 Alfred Skinner was just 19 years old when he was admitted to Long Grove Hospital. He was in the minority being a young man, as most of the patients were older than him. How did he find himself there? There are only a few records surviving for him but we can trace his family… read more »

HYATT, George

b.1878-d.1919 George Hyatt’s birth was registered in the March quarter of 1878, (reference Hendon 3a 141). Hendon Registration District covered Willesden. George was baptised on 6 February 1878 at St. Augustine’s Church, Kilburn. His parents were John, a bricklayer, and Emma. They lived at 121, Pembroke Road. Their name was mis-transcribed as ‘Hiett’. In the… read more »


b.1860 -d.1910 I nearly did not find Martha Coltman as her age was incorrect but this, I later found, was a mistake made when she was institutionalised. There were no obvious workhouse records although I did find Lunacy Register entries. She could not be found in any census and although Coltman is not a common… read more »

CARTER, George James (James George)

b.1863-d.1916 James George’s parents Although our subject’s name is given as George James Carter in his medical records, he was actually born James George Carter, the third child of seven born to George Carter and his wife Mary (née Gould). The couple were married in the Church of St Thomas the Apostle in the City… read more »

MASON, Benjamin Albert

b.1874-d.1918 Benjamin was born on 9 April 1874 in Bethnal Green. His parents were George Mason and Elizabeth (née McTaggart). They were married on 30 June 1867 at St. James Church Bermondsey. He was a butcher living at 45 Ernest Road, Bermondsey. They were both of “full age” i.e. over 21. In the 1871 Census, at 416… read more »

KING, Ellen Mary

b. 1872-d.1910 Despite extensive searches I have not been able to trace Ellen’s background. There have been a number of leads but they led to dead ends and show who she is not rather than who she might be. However, what has been uncovered is a record of her life in various asylums which was… read more »

COLSON, Mary Ann

b.1848-d.1907 Birth Not much is known about Mary Ann’s early life, we assume she was born in about 1848, based on the information provided on her death record, case notes from The Manor Hospital and the two likely census records for her.  The case notes also state that she was married to a Richard Colson,… read more »


b.1877-d.1918 John Drinkwater – His Story John Drinkwater was really called Alexander John Sullivan. On 22 October 1906, John Alexander Sullivan, a dealer born in London in 1879, was found guilty of robbery with violence. He was sentenced to 5 years in Parkhurst Prison. He had  robbed a soldier of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery… read more »


b.1863-d.1910 No definite trace of Jane’s life prior to the 1901 census can be found at present despite extensive searches. We have only an intimation of her marital status and that she was born in London. None of this may be true which hinders finding her background. The Lambeth Register of Lunatics does tell us… read more »

TARR, Samuel Peter

b.1862-d.1917 From early adulthood mental illness overshadowed Samuel Peter Tarr’s life. He would spend more than thirty years in mental health institutions and die in Long Grove at the age of 56. Samuel’s parents Samuel’s parents were both born in 1835 in Chagford, a village on the north-east edge of Dartmoor in Devon. His mother,… read more »

SHORTLAND, Edward James

b.1853-d.1908 Edward was born on 15th March 1853 in Whitechapel and baptised on 10th April at St Botolph Without, in Aldgate. His parents were Edward Shortland and Maria née Jones. They had married in October 1852 at St Leonards Church in Shoreditch. Edward’s occupation at that time was a poulterer. Edward James was the eldest… read more »

JAMES, Susan

b. 1865-d.1908 Born in the June quarter of 1865, in the Greenwich registration district, to John Street and his wife Margaret née Bower. They had married in June 1846 in Quebec, whilst John was serving in the military. Susan was the last of nine children – most of whom survived until adulthood. The first seven… read more »

BLEWITT, Emily Florence

b.1859-d.1917 The 1860s -Emily’s parents Emily Florence Blewitt was born on the 4th of July 1859 to Charles James Blewitt, a wine merchant, and his wife Ann (née Allum). At the time of her birth, the couple were living at 4, Sidney Place, Brixton Hill, which was also the address of Charles’s wine business. The… read more »

AUSTIN, Percy John

b.1870-d.1919 He was born in the March quarter of 1870, in Bridgend, Wales (reference 11a 483). In the 1871 Census, at an unnumbered house in Church Street, Midhurst Sussex present were William A. Austin, head aged 64. He was a schoolmaster born Carshalton, Surrey. His wife, Eliza, aged 69 was a school mistress born Chatham,… read more »

TURNER, Elizabeth

b. ~1866 – d.1910 Elizabeth TURNER is another common name to research. There are quite a few people in the workhouses and asylums with this name so we need to be careful with our research. What we do have is that Elizabeth died at Long Grove asylum hospital and was buried on 25th January 1910… read more »

POSFORD, Emily Caroline

b.1861 – d.1910 Emma’s parents The Long Grove records show that a woman known as Emily Caroline Posford was admitted to the institution in June 1909, who sadly died there less than a year later. However, it has not been possible to establish the details of her earlier life with any certainty, despite considerable research. … read more »

BELL, James Kennedy

b.1862 – d.1918 Introduction Although we know from Long Grove’s records that James Kennedy Bell died there in 1918, it has not been possible to find his name in the admissions register, so we do not know how long he was resident in the institution before his death. Neither do we know the reason for… read more »

BOULTON, Alfred William

b.1860 – d.1910 Alfred William Boulton was born in Lambeth on the 18th of June 1860, the first child of William Boulton and his wife Elizabeth Ann (née Ennor). The couple had married at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Bermondsey on the 5th of September 1859. According to the marriage register, 22 year-old… read more »

SMITH, Emily Clara

b.1879 – d.1917 This lady seems to have spent much of her life needing support. 1870s Emily was born on 6th August 1879 in Bethnal Green, to William James Smith, a brass finisher, and Fanny Adelaide Smith, nee Horsey, of 41 Monteath Road. They had married in 1871 in Hackney. Emily was baptised at St… read more »

HORWOOD, William Henry

b.1872-d.1915 William Henry Horwood was buried in Horton Cemetery on 20th April 1915. Workhouse records document his admission to Mile End Workhouse, Bancroft Road, Bethnal Green on 23rd March 1912 and his discharge to Long Grove Asylum on 29th March. His age was recorded as 40, his occupation as ‘Cabinetmaker’ and his religion as ‘CofE’…. read more »

TREVAIL, Gertrude

b.1845 – d.1910 Childhood Gertrude Augusta Shepherd was born in the June quarter of 1845, in the south Devon village of Colaton Raleigh. Her unmarried mother, Eliza Shepherd, worked as a Honiton lace maker. At six years old, Gertrude is in the 1851 census living with her maternal aunt and uncle, Benedict and Matilda Toby… read more »

SYMES, David

b.1865-d.1908 There is a birth for David B. Symes in the September quarter in 1866, in Greenwich, with a mother who had the surname of Lawrence. I have not found a baptism record. His mother’s marriage to a David B. Symes senior had taken place at St Martin in the Fields, in December 1865. On… read more »

WHITROD, Elizabeth

b.1857 – d.1918 Elizabeth was born in the March quarter of 1857 to William and Mary Vaughan (née Bratton/Brattan), in Wrotham, Kent. (Malling registration district). William and Mary had married on 24th February 1846, at the Parish Church of St Marylebone. William’s father was John, a Gardener and Mary’s father was George, a labourer. On… read more »

ORAM, Mary Ann

b.1849-d.1910 Mary Ann Swain was born in the City of London on 18th July 1849 and baptised at St Martin in the Fields, Westminster on 2nd September 1849. Her father, Thomas Randall Swain, was a marble paper maker, a skilled craftsman, who was given Freedom to the City of London in 1856. His family appear… read more »

GOODING, Sarah Ann

b.1841-d.1908 Sarah’s birth was in Tweedmouth in 1841 Sarah was the daughter of Mary (nee Paxton) and James Unthank, a tailor, of Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. The Rev. William Ritchie of the United Presbyterian Chapel, Berwick-upon-Tweed baptised her and recorded her date of birth in the register as 4th December 1841. She shared her name with… read more »

WEEKES, Esther

b.1853-d.1918 Esther was born in the September Quarter of 1853 in the Bethnal Green registration district to William Granger (Grainger) (1822-1865) and his wife Esther nee DARBY (1823-1890). They had married on 11th November 1844, at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch. William was the son of a William and both were weavers . Esther,a servant, was… read more »

SPURRET, Walter George Blofeld

b.1900 -d.1934 Walter George Blofeld Spurrett was born on 17th February 1900, the son of Thomas Richard Spurrett (1851 – 1908) and Clara Debank (1872 – 1910). He was baptised on 15th August 1900 at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury. On 22nd April 1905, Walter started school at the West London District School – Ashford School. This… read more »

Neal, Susan Eliza and Neal, Walter Charles

b. 1872-d.1908 and b.1908-d.1908 Walter Charles Neal was born in Long Grove Asylum on 7th June 1908 and died there 18 days later on the 25th June. He was buried in the Horton Cemetery on the 29th June. The cause of death entered on his death certificate was congenital syphilis and marasmus [undernourishment]. Walter’s mother… read more »

HODD, Edgar Horace

b.1869-d.1909 Edgar’s early life with his parents and siblings – 1860s Edgar Horace Hodd was born in 3rd Quarter, 1869 in Lambeth, Surrey. He was the 4th of five children found, born to Edward Hamilton Hodd (1841-1909) and Amelia Child (1832-1908). Edward and Amelia were married in St Mary’s Lambeth on 25th Oct 1861, Edward… read more »

Harlock, Louisa

b.1859c-d.1909c Sadly Louisa was a foundling, born circa 1859 -1860, most likely in the London area.Foundlings on admission to the hospital were baptised, renamed and given an admission number. The Foundling Hospital in London, England, was founded in 1739 by the philanthropic sea captain Thomas Coram. It was a children’s home established for the ‘education… read more »

PYM, Edward

b.1857-d.1909 Edward’s father James had 11 children before Edward was born Before Edward was born his father, James Pym, had married his first wife Mary Gibson in 1822. They went on to have 11 children. Mary died in 1845. James, aged 45, married Eliza, née Heath, aged 28 in June 1846, a notable age difference… read more »


b.1886-d.1919 Having been born in France, Louis is living in London in 1901 In the 1901 Census, Louis A G Morival, (he is mis-transcribed as “Monical”), described as an errand boy aged 15, is living with his mother and step-father, Frederick C Davies. Louis is described as a French subject, born in France about 1886…. read more »

HORSEY, Joseph Maslen

b.1897-d.1918 Although the Horton Cemetery Burials record shows his name as Joseph Master Horsey, his name is really Joseph Maslen Horsey. His parents were Henry and Sarah Ann née Maslen. They were married on 14 September 1890 in St. John’s Church Hoxton. Henry was 26 years old and lived at 87 Phillip Street. Sarah was… read more »


b.1858-d.1915 Buried Horton Estate Cemetery. Indicated age at death is shown as 56 years. Sophia Peterson was born in the 2nd Quarter of 1858 in the District of Lambeth and was subsequently baptised on the 25th April 1858 at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth. Her parents are shown as William Samuel Peterson and Eliza Anne Peterson…. read more »

GILLER, Frederick

b.1861-d.1908 Frederick was born in 1861 in the Camberwell registration district to Frederick Gustavus Giller (1834 – 1881), a merchant’s clerk and Elizabeth ‘Minnie’, née Peacock (1837 – 1870). They had married on 21st March 1856 at St Mary’s Church, Luton. Frederick was the third child to be born to the couple. Louisa Alexandra 1857… read more »

STACE, Louisa

b.1835-1908 Louisa is born in Warminster, Wiltshire Louisa was born to James Pearce, a labourer, and his wife Edith in Warminster, Wiltshire and baptised at the church of St Denys with St Lawrence on 16th April 1835. In 1841, the Pearces were living in Bread Street, Warminster. In addition to Louisa and her parents, the… read more »


b.1848-d.1910 To research Mary’s story I needed to start with her death certificate. This stated that she was a spinster aged 62, a domestic servant and had lived at 3 Cambridge Terrace, Burnt Ash Lane, Lee. Knowing that she had died at Long Grove Asylum, I found her admission record. From there, I could trace… read more »

PAXTON, William Spencer

b.1859-d.1908 William was born in 1859 to Thomas Paxton (1826-1867) and his wife, Emma née Cotton (1827-1880). They married in 1848 at Woburn. Thomas was a land agent/ostler, son of William Paxton and Mary Spencer. Emma was the daughter of Thomas Cotton and Elizabeth Binyon. When William was born, he was the seventh of nine… read more »

WATKINS, Caroline Sarah

b.1864-d.1907 Caroline was born in the September quarter of 1864, in the St Pancras registration district, London, to George Daniel Watkins, born in 1837 and Lucy Elizabeth Watkins, born in 1835. They had married on 8th March 1857 at St Pancras Church. George had been baptised as Daniel George. His occupation was a pianoforte key… read more »


b.1865-d.1914 Known Facts Emma Sears died at the age of about 49 whilst a patient at Manor Asylum, Epsom, Surrey. Her alleged age suggested a birth about 1865. Her death was on the 2ndSeptember 1914 and she was buried on the 7th September in the Horton Cemetery in Grave 1227b. Research to identify Emma Extensive… read more »

HOPE, Julia

b.1867-d.1915 Julia was an Asylum Patient who died and was then buried in the Horton Estate Cemetery, on the 8th July 1915. Her age was stated as 41 years. There is no birth record in National Indexes close to 1874 to indicate a birth of a person of this name and age. However, in the… read more »

DONEGAN, Lottie Enid

b.1886-d.1914 Identifying Lottie Enid Donegan was very difficult. Only when records written five years after her death came to light was it possible to piece things together and unravel her life. Lottie Enid Donegan died aged 27 on 3rd July 1914 at Horton Asylum; the cause of her death was given as cerebral meningitis (syphilitic)… read more »

WALTER, Mary Elizabeth

b.1886-d.1906 Mary was born in the Wandsworth District of London. The surname recorded is shown as Walters not Walter, although the mother’s maiden name confirms this is the correct birth. From her baptismal record we know her birth date was the 22nd August 1886 although the birth was not actually registered until the 4th Quarter… read more »


b.1878-d.1906 PREAMBLE David is recorded in the Horton Estate Cemetery Record as having been buried on the 13th December 1906 in Grave 920. His death age is stated as 27. He had been a patient in the Horton Asylum in Epsom and his arrival there is found in the UK Lunacy Patients Admission Registers 1846-1912… read more »


b.1882-d.1914 The sad story of Emma of whom we know very little. She was born without speech and spent most of her life away from her family, perhaps only knowing them in her very early years, eventually dying very young in The Manor Hospital. Clearing the confusion of Emma’s birth year. Emma Holton is listed… read more »

ORPWOOD, Edith Annie

b.1881-d.1917 Edith Annie Orpwood was born in 1881 to Richard and Elizabeth Orpwood. At this time, the family lived at 10 Cambridge Road, Kilburn, London. Edith’s birth was registered at Hendon in the second quarter of 1881 (3a 169). Richard is a bookseller’s assistant. Edith is their sixth child and she was baptised at St… read more »

SHINE, John James

b.1855 – d.1909 John James Shine was born on 9th September 1855, to Denis age 31 and Martha age 26. They were living in Castle Street, Holborn. John was baptised at St. John the Evangelist in Lambeth on 30th September 1855. On the baptism record Denis was then working as an engine driver. In the… read more »


b.1895-d.1918 George’s Story George Henry Gooding’s birth was registered in the March quarter of 1896 (reference Holborn 1b 710). The Holborn Registration District covered the St. Luke’s district. He had been born on 6 December 1895. His parents were Thomas, a sadler, and Elizabeth and they lived at 18 Chapel Street. George was baptised on… read more »

SABEY, George David

b.1843 – d.1911 George was born on the 1st May 1843 in Shoreditch, and was baptised at St Leonard’s Church on 14th May 1843. His parents were Simeon and Elizabeth Sabey and they were living in North Street, Cripplegate, Shoreditch, Simeon was a carpenter. “Joshua Solomon (b1832) occupation ale house keeper of Metropolitan House, 1… read more »


b.1888-d.1919 Early Life Emma May Chandler was registered as May Emma Chandler at birth. She was born on 11th May 1888 in Westminster, London. Her parents were Henry John Chandler and Elizabeth Mary Chandler née Kerney. Emma May was their first child. The couple had married the year before at St John the Evangelist Church,… read more »

ROBB, David

b.1856-d.1917 Compared to many of those who died in Long Grove and are buried in Horton Cemetery, David Robb lived a life seemingly unaffected by poverty. The son of a commissioned officer in the army, he became a civil servant. He married the daughter of a successful wool-merchant and had a son. He would never… read more »