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Ewell Epileptic Colony

Epsom Cluster #3

Now known as St. Ebba’s hospital

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


Louisa was born in the Fulham registration district during the December quarter of 1889. The daughter of James Bransgrove and Ellen his wife nee Plumridge. They had married on 6th August 1871 at St Stephen’s Church, Shepherds Bush. James gave his occupation as a Plasterer as was his father Charles. Ellen’s father William was deceased,… read more »

WATERER, Richard James

b.1846 – d.1912 Early Family Richard John Waterer was born 5th January 1846 in Kennington Lambeth, the third of four children born to James Waterer (1816-1849) and Catherine Hone (1819-1892). He was baptised on 14th June 1846 at St Mark’s Church, Kennington. Parents James and Catherine were married on 12 August 1839 at St Mary’s… read more »

PENN, William George Joseph

b.1884-d.1910 The early death of the bread winner causes his wife and children great hardship. And subsequently great sadness with the subject, William, and his sister Rose both being admitted to Epsom Cluster Hospitals at different times. They both died there and are both buried in Horton Cemetery. William’s birth and parents William was born… read more »

LEFEVRE, Edmond Frederick

b.1884-d.1909 Introduction Frederick Lefevre died at the young age of 24 years, having suffered epilepsy for 16 years. It is possible that he suffered with status epilepticus, a condition where the patient suffers several seizures in a short space of time which can lead to brain damage or death. We will need to access his… read more »

PYATT, Sidney

b.1886-d.1910 1870s to 1880s Sidney Pyatt’s parents were William and Charlotte, they were married at St. John’s Church in Hoxton on 25th December 1871. A note from history: In 19th Century London, people could get married free on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It was a London tradition and also perhaps elsewhere. William’s father was… read more »


b.1882-d.1910 1880s & 1890s Frederick (born Edward Fred) Prestridge’s parents were George Prestridge and Mary Ann Lewis who were married at Holy Trinity Church on the edge of Clapham Common on 14th August 1878. George was a bachelor aged 24, who was a gardener, and Mary Ann was a spinster aged 23 from Monmouthshire in… read more »


The surname Tidyman /Tydeman appear synonymous throughout this story. Samuel’s birth was registered in the 1st Q Croydon District in 1867, but most likely he was actually born in 1866 although we have no baptism to be certain of the exact date. He was born in Merton, Surrey one of only two children born to… read more »

DODD, George

b.1855 – d.1913 Intro The original life story of George is written by Sylvia Bromiley, which ended on George entering the Colony. Since publishing, a further detailed study of George at the Colony was found. The part of the story that details Ewell Epileptic Colony has been written by Sheila Cumming, who researched George for… read more »

CASSAN, John Sheffield

b. 1893 – d.1916 Full name: John Matthew (Aaron?) Sheffield Cassan. 1890s John was born on 6th November 1893 in the registration district of Elham, Kent. He was the second of five children born to Matthew Sheffield Cassan (1852-1910) and his wife Alice Mary nee Field (1868-1947.) Alice was born in Brixton, Surrey. Matthew and… read more »

YEO, Marian Elizabeth

b.1860 – d.1912 Introduction Born Marian Evelina Ridout on 11th May 1860, Marian was baptised on 10th June of that year at St Mary’s Church, Soho, Westminster.  Her parents were Thomas Ridout (1829-1885) and his wife Elizabeth nee. Hambleton (1834- 1890) they married on 7th Aug 1859 and together had seven children including Marian.  Family… read more »

WILSON, Frederick Leon

b.1892 – d.1911 Intro Frederick was born on 4th May 1892 at 30, St Albans Street, Lambeth. According to the 1911 census, he was the sixth of fifteen children born to William John Arthur Wilson and Georgina Elizabeth Cullen and was baptised on 26th June 1892 at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth, his Father William is… read more »


b.1864 – d.1918 Intro The majority of this story has been written by Sheila Cumming, who researched Ada for an article on the early patients of the Ewell Epileptic Colony as part of the Horton Chapel project. This is used with permission of the Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society. Early life has been added… read more »

MARHAM, Adeline Miriam

b.1887-d.1915 Adeline Miriam Marham was born on the 19th of August 1887 in the Union Workhouse, Docking Norfolk. She was born to an unmarried 22-year-old mother named Harriet, a domestic worker from the neighbouring village of South Creake. Adeline was not Harriet’s first child, she had a son a few years earlier named Robert. Life… read more »