“A quiet old dement who…gives no trouble and works contentedly in the vegetable shed….the place cannot get on without him.”
A gas fitter born in St Martin in the Fields, London
The short life of a buttonhole maker from Lambeth.
This is a story of a tormented soul, a deep turmoil created by untreated epilepsy.
A short life for a mother who entered Long Grove when her youngest child was barely a month old.
Thomas’s story is not a typical one of poverty in London. In fact, Thomas and his wife were descendants of Yeoman Farmers from the West Country.
The hazard of working with lead paint might well have a bearing on Richard’s declining mental health, since he worked as a house painter for over thirty years.
Many people will not know what a coprolite merchant is. This story will make all clear.
Little is known about William, except that he seems to have been acquainted with the Police on more than one occasion.
In the 1881, George’s occupation was given as a ‘language teacher’. He was living in the house of a teacher of pianoforte, and one of the other boarders was a professor of singing and elocution, all of which suggests a very refined and respectable household.
Epilepsy ultimately was the reason why William ended his life in Horton Hospital.
The story of Emma Compton appeared unexceptional at the outset. However, we did uncover a few surprises during our research.
Benjamin said he had made a harp with 1,000 strings and could play any tune and instrument! He worked as a musician.
John is missing from the records for 46 years! A soldier with the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards who disappears from our sight.
There is no hint of any mental health problems until Mary Ann enters the Asylum in 1899. He family remain attentive and visit her many times.
She ordered extravagant luncheons both at Stafford and Northampton stations and had no money to pay for them. The delusion that she is a duchess recurs frequently throughout her case notes.
Without the invaluable case notes for Caroline Ward, we would not be able to tell any of her sad story.
Ada proved a little elusive to find at first.Thanks to the visitor book, the author then found her husband and more of her short life was uncovered.
It is not clear why John entered Manor hospital. His family were interesting. John’s brother George, a builder, left £6m in his will. His son Thomas and his wife were killed by a V2 rocket in 1944.
A story revisited by the author when invaluable case notes came to light at the London Metropolitan Archives. What followed resulted in a thorough family history for Walter Cartwright and his family.
We know little about Martha except that she was epileptic.
The author says, “This has been such an interesting case to try to unravel and kept a couple of us up to the early hours trying to make sense of it!” A fabulous piece of research leaving questions to unravel.
Appearing twice in the 1911 Census was an interesting find for this man, John Henry Leverett.
The researcher carved a route through a lot of confusing information to track down the lady in this story! The question we continue to ponder is…who exactly was Edward Buckland? He visited Rosa 23 times when she was in Manor – a family member? A friend? Or a devoted partner?
Sometimes we just have to wait for more information to come to light to write their full story. Such is the case with Thomas Moss
A one time servant to a Baronet and Chief Clerk in the Colonial Office, Charlotte has gaps in her life story, which ends in Manor Hospital.
This is the fabulous story of a true man of mystery – a confidence trickster, fraudster and swindler. He also may have been an accomplished airship and naval engineer. Right at the beginning of WW1, this story raises more questions than the answers it gives.
Thanks to the visitor books for Manor Hospital we were able to find Elizabeth Edwing and write her story.
5½ weeks after he had his head cut open by being knocked down by some roughs in the street, William Aitken suffered a life of Epilepsy in hospitals and asylums. His wife left the children to fend for themselves and it would appear he never saw any of them again.
No reason is given for Henry Charles’s admission to Long Grove. He was a munitions worker just prior to entry.
We are not sure why Ellen (Nellie) Simcock entered Manor Asylum but she was visited often by family members
This is the fascinating story or Thomas William Scambler where a detailed court case makes for a good read
Mary Woodcote’s life is remembered because of her time spent in the workhouse or the asylum. Now, she will not be forgotten.
Maria MILTON gave birth to 11 children, a challenging life that ended in Horton Asylum.