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Long Grove Asylum

Epsom Cluster #4

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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

MOSS, Joseph William

b.1860-d.1917 Joseph William Moss was born in the fourth quarter of 1860 in Lawshall Green, a hamlet in the parish of Lawshall, in Suffolk. It is a small village situated between Bury St Edmund’s and Sudbury. Joseph was the first child of James Moss, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Matilda (née Mortlock). James himself… read more »

OLDFIELD, William George

b.1858-d.1910 Finding evidence for William’s life prior to his entry to the workhouse and then asylum system has been very challenging. This has been a time-consuming labour of love and still there are gaps in the detail. In one census, William states he was born in Walworth, Southwark, London but it has not been possible… read more »

CURSON, Charles Robert

b.1864-d.1917 When Charles Curson died in Long Grove in 1917, he had spent the last seven years of his life in this institution. A married man with two children and it would appear always in employment. There is nothing in the story of his earlier life to suggest that he would end his days in… read more »


b.1868-d.1917 Although his birth year was estimated incorrectly in a number of censuses and workhouse registers, our research confirms that George Camplisson was born in Dublin on the 9th of April 1868. George was baptised on the 20th April 1868 in Dublin. George was the second child of compositor George Camplisson senior and his wife… read more »

KIMBER, Thomas

b.1865-d.1918 We know that Thomas Kimber died in Long Grove on the 17th of May 1918 at the age of 51. It has not yet been possible to find an admission record that would allow us to determine exactly how long he spent in the institution. We know that he was still in the workhouse… read more »


b.1870 – d.1917 Calculated from his age of 47 when he died in 1917, he was born about 1870. The GRO has no birth registered under this name – perhaps he was born abroad. There was no record of anyone with surname of LANDROS on freebmd records between 1868 and 1872. I searched the 1911… read more »

BUNCE, Maurice

b.1861 – d.1918 Introduction Maurice (or Morris) Bunce was born in Lambeth in the first quarter of 1861, to Maurice Bunce, a labourer, and his wife Johanna. Both of Maurice’s parents were born in Ireland, Maurice senior in 1821 and Johanna in 1831. Maurice was the couple’s fourth child after: George (born in 1854), John… read more »

MORGAN, Jemima

b.1859- d.1910 Jemima is a name of Hebrew origin meaning dove, a bird often given as a symbol of peace. We can only hope when researching that the people whose stories we write did find some peace in their lives. The first research carried out to identify Jemima went completely down the wrong path, pursuing… read more »

JELLIMAN, Elizabeth

b.1850 – d.1918 Elizabeth Jelliman was born in Shoreditch in the third quarter of 1850 to Daniel Jelliman and his wife Elizabeth (née Knowles). At the time of Elizabeth’s birth, her father was aged 34 and her mother was 30. Daniel Jelliman’s first marriage In 1839, Daniel had married his first wife, Elizabeth (Betsey) Lander… read more »

FRASER, Arthur Alfred

b.1865-d.1918 1860s Arthur Alfred Fraser (or Frazer) was born on March 16th, 1865, in St James, Westminster, to Thomas Fraser and his wife Elizabeth Emma (née Barker). At the time of Arthur’s birth, Thomas was aged 52 and Elizabeth Emma (known as Emma) was 36. The couple already had three children, Ellen, born in 1855,… read more »

GOMMERING, Elizabeth

b.1858 -d. 1909 It is probably irrelevant but interesting that Elizabeth Gommering has a number of significant dates in her timeline. She is admitted to one asylum on St George’s Day and to another on St Patrick’s Day; she dies on New Year’s Eve and is buried on the Feast of the Epiphany. For someone… read more »

FORMAN, Thomas

b.1866- d.1918 Introduction Thomas Forman may well have ended his days in Long Grove Hospital as a direct result of his experiences of serving with the Royal Artillery in India and South Africa. Before he enlisted, there is no indication of any mental health issues, his life apparently quite ordinary and stable. Certainly, there is… read more »

MAURISCHE, Marie Theresa

b.1842 – d.1908 Marie Theresa Maurische died on the 19th February 1908 in Long Grove Asylum and was buried in Horton Cemetery on the 25th February. Her death certificate records that she was the wife of Maurische ‘occupation unknown’ and that she was ‘of Rotherhithe Infirmary’. The cause of her death, confirmed by post mortem,… read more »

HALEY, Samuel Thomas

b.1846 – d.1908 Samuel Thomas Haley died on 17th September 1908 and was buried in grave 201b of Horton Cemetery on the 24th September. The Lunacy Patients Admission Register records Samuel’s admission to Long Grove Asylum from the Shoreditch Workhouse Infirmary only a few weeks earlier on the 4th August. The earliest record linking Samuel… read more »

FRYER, Edward

b.1865 – d.1909 Early Life Historians believe that Shoreditch got its name from water that ran across the area’s marshland. It was originally known as Soersditch, or Sewer’s Ditch. Edward Fryer was born in 1865 to Charles and Emma. In the 1871 census the family was living in Ware Street. Head of the house, Charles… read more »

RUDKIN, Elizabeth Jane

b.1849 – d.1910 Introduction Sometimes the loose ends of family history research do not tie up neatly and that can leave doubt in mind. As a research subject, Elizabeth leaves some questions unanswered and despite repeated research there remains some doubt. When this research began, a very early clue was the fact that her estate… read more »

THEO, Walter

b.1871 – d.1918 Walter’s Father John Theodoridi, Walter’s father was born in 1833 in Constantinople Turkey. He was a Greek gentleman, former Captain in the Russian army, a freemason of Royal Athelston Lodge, and became one of the first tobacco merchants in London. In 1861 he opened his first cigarette shop in Leicester Square. John… read more »

WHITAKER, Isabella

b.1876 – d.1917 Isabella was quite hard to find – was she married or single? Once I found a record, I worked around it and found her birth registered in 1876. Tracing her family back, her parents, Ruth Kimberley and James Scuffham Whitaker were married at St George Southwark in June 1862. The marriage lasted… read more »

BYFORD, Walter

b.1859-d.1910 A summary of the evidence it has been possible to locate for Walter suggests an ordinary life. Walter was born on January 11th 1859 in Hoxton, London. His parents were Walter Byford b.1821 in Clare, Suffolk and Margaret who was born in Poonah, East India in 1832. Walter’s parents had been married in St…. read more »

AVES, Thomas

b.1862-d.1910 Introduction Thomas’ life is straightforward as far as we can tell. There is little in the evidence to suggest anything other than a normal family life, which ended too early and so sadly in 1910. Life would have been simple for the Aves family and Thomas was a labourer for his whole short adult… read more »


b.1865-d.1918 Birth Although it has not been possible to find Thomas Sawkins’ official birth registration, it may be assumed from censuses and his marriage certificate that he was born in 1865, in Shoreditch, to Thomas Christopher Sawkins and his wife Hannah (née Jenks). Both his parents were from the East End of London. Thomas’s parents… read more »

SCOTT, Alexander

b.1861-d.1918 Early life Note the name Ann, Anna and Annie are synonymous throughout the story. Alexander Scott was born in Marylebone in the first quarter of 1861, the first child of William Cairns Scott, a tailor, and his wife, Anna Bella Scott (née McKenzie). At the time of Alexander’s birth, William and Anna were living… read more »

RAINE, James George

b.1882-d.1917 1880s James George Raine was born In Bermondsey, London in Q2 of 1882 in the registration district of St Olave. I found out later, in my research from school documents, that he was born on the 28th April 1882. James was born to Arthur and Hannah Raine nee. Schmalzlen who married in 1876. It… read more »

HANCOCK, John Charles

b.1869-d.1908 Introduction Initially I searched for John (Charles) Hancock born circa 1869. There were several John’s – far too many to research and only a couple of John Charles who were born in the north of England and seemed to me to be unlikely candidates. I decided to send for John’s death certificate to see… read more »

JAMES, Henry Walter

b. 1887-d.1941 Intro Private Henry Walter JAMES is one of the confirmed war dead buried within Horton cemetery. He is one of the ‘serviceman’ referred to on the Horton Memorial. His official war gravestone is located in Epsom Cemetery. His CWGC casualty details state; PVT (Private) in Pioneer Corps, Number: ‘13003015’, Died: 07/02/1941, Son of… read more »

PENN, Rose Esther

b.1886-d.1917 Initial research difficulties The search for a Rose Esther Penn buried at Horton Estate Cemetery on 24th April 1917, aged 30, proved to be fruitless but research for a William George Joseph Penn has found perhaps a possible trail. William had a sister Rose Lavinia Penn born around December 1886 and her story could… read more »


b.1853-d.1908 George Jakeman died on 31st March 1908 in Long Grove Asylum and was buried at Horton Cemetery on the 4th April 1908. The Lunacy Patients Register shows that he was first admitted to Claybury Asylum, Ilford on 6th November 1894, before transferring to Hellingly Asylum, Sussex on 10th March 1904, and then to Long… read more »

BOUTTELL, Catherine

b.1849-d.1910 Childhood Catherine was born in the June quarter of 1849 in South Witham, Lincolnshire to Robert Selby (b.1813) and his wife Elizabeth (née Merry b.1820). In the 1851 Census, Robert is an innkeeper and the family live at the Angel Inn in South Witham. Catherine’s siblings are Elizabeth Mary (b.1841), William Sisson (b.1843), Anne… read more »


b.1857-d.1910 Introduction Tracing Emily back in time from her death in 1910 reveals that she was institutionalised from as early as 1881, when she would have been no more than about 24 years old. Definitively finding her before that point has proved challenging. What took her to the first asylum also remains unknown. For that… read more »


b.1870 – d.1917 Long Grove records show Charles as being buried on 27th November 1917 age 45 – giving a birth date about 1872. 1870s The only Charles Hennessey I found between 1870 and 1875 was actually registered in the June quarter of 1870 in Camberwell, mother’s maiden name Bryant. This fits well with the… read more »


b.1861-d.1918 Alfred Cuthbert was born in Ipswich in the third quarter of 1861, the third child and second son of Richard Fleetwood Cuthbert, a coach painter, and his wife, Ann (née Garnham). The son of Luke and Hannah Cuthbert, Richard Fleetwood Cuthbert was born in 1831 and baptised in Ipswich on the 1st of January… read more »


b.1861-d.1918 Amy Ashwell was born in the 2nd quarter of 1861 to William Ashwell and his wife Amy (née Heath). At the time of Amy’s birth the couple were living at 6 Kings Arms Court, Finsbury Square in Islington with their children, Charles, born in 1856 and Mary Ann, born in 1859. William was born… read more »


b.1862-d.1908 1860s Maud was born Mary Bridget in 1862 in the Westminster registration district to Thomas GANLEY, 1826-1877, and Mary, née MEANY, 1828-1896 – the seventh of ten children. Both Thomas, a tailor, and Mary came from Ireland. They married on 7 February 1847 in Westminster and had the following children: William 1848 – 1851… read more »

JERVIS, Arthur

b.1863-d.1908 Early life Arthur was born in the December Quarter of 1863 in the Lambeth registration district. His parents Henry William Bury Jervis (1824-1876) and Caroline, née Burnett (1827-1913), had married at the Parish Church in the Parish of Christ Church, Surrey on 14 September 1845. Henry gave his occupation as a tailor – as… read more »

KELLY, Henry

b.1867-d.1908 Early life Born in 1867 in the December Quarter in Camberwell registration district. He was baptised at St Mary, Newington on February 9th, 1869, along with siblings George William, Ellen, and Elizabeth. Their address was 2 Edmund Street, Camberwell and his father Thomas gave his occupation as that of Painter; that was at odds… read more »

DAVIS, Charles Augustus

b.1863-d.1908 1850s-1860s Charles was born on 29 January 1863 at 27 Hemsworth Street, Shoreditch, Hoxton Old Town registration district to Alfred Davis, a Master Cabinet Maker, and Jane, née Hunt. They had married in 1855. Charles was the fifth child of nine: Agnes Sarah 1856 – 1944 (married Thomas Flaherty, a harness maker, in 1882)… read more »

RUMBOLD, Bertram

b.1877-d.1918 Bertram Rumbold was born Bertie Frederick Rowter in Epsom in the March quarter of 1877. He was baptised on the 4th of February 1877 at St. Mary’s Church Ewell. He was the fourth child born to James Frederick Rowter, a watch maker, and Eliza Christiana Rowter, née Hodges. His father died in 1876. Bertram’s… read more »


b.1876-d.1918 Introduction This is a sad story of a child born in a poor area of London. Throughout his life he was in and out of various institutions and spent his last ten years in Long Grove Asylum. Pre Birth Walter’s father, William Mannock was born in Lancashire in 1833. In 1841 he is living… read more »


b.1874-d.1919 Introduction William was admitted to three institutions during his life. The causes of his mental health problems are unknown, but they started when he was only 13. 1860s William Bromley Liddiard’s parents were Henry Pender Liddiard and Susan Liddiard, née Bromly. They were married in the December quarter of 1862 in the St. George… read more »

MUNDAY, Mary Ann

b.~1840 – d.1910 The only thing we can be sure of with Mary Ann, is that her life came to an end at Long Grove Asylum on 13 March 1910, aged 70. She was buried 5 days later on 18 March 1910, in Horton Cemetery, in an unmarked grave known as #713b. From the lunacy… read more »

HALLÉN, Hjalmar

b.1847 – d.1908 Hjalmar Hallén died on 19th April 1908 in Long Grove Asylum and was buried in Horton Cemetery on 25th April in grave 133a. The 1881 census The 1881 census finds Hjalmar living at 64 Bolsover Street, Marylebone. He is head of the household, aged 34 (est. birth year 1847). His occupation is… read more »


b.1875-d.1919 Introduction This is the story of an American who moved to Ireland and from there to London. 1870s William Pearson Catherwood was an American. In the Irish Census of 1901, he stated that he was born in Savannah, Georgia about 1875. The birth cannot be confirmed because birth records for Savannah did not start… read more »

LAIT, Alfred Benjamin

b.1866-d.1909 Alfred’s birth – 1866 Alfred was born in 1866, in the small village of Weeley in Essex. The village is approximately 7 miles from Clacton-on-Sea, it is part of the civil parish of Tendring. The name Weeley came from the Old English ‘Weo-Leah” meaning temple clearing. There may have been a heathen temple there…. read more »

KENNY, Alexander Sylvester John

b.1894-d.1919 Early Life Alexander’s parents were Alexander Sylvester Kenny and Sophia Kenny, née Green. The birth of Sophia Green was registered in the June quarter of 1874 in Bethnal Green. She was baptised on 26th of April 1874 at St James the Great Church, Bethnal Green. She was born on 29th of March 1874. Her… read more »

ELVIN, Harry

b.1866 – d.1909 Early life Harry Elvin was born in 1866 at Long Milford on the borders of Suffolk and Essex. Long Milford is a quintessential picturesque village. This area was made famous by artists like Constable and Gainsborough. In the 1871 Census, 5-year-old Harry is living with his father William, aged 31, and mother… read more »

ABBOTT, Mary Winchester

b.1872 – d.1927 – American Author Victorian Connecticut Mary Winchester ABBOTT was born on 30 December 1872 in Woodbury, Connecticut, USA, to The Reverend Alvin Van Rensselaer ABBOTT, 45, and Mary Chase, who was 41. The 1880 census has Mary living with her family in Orient, Southold a community at the North East tip of… read more »

JORDAN, Edward George

b.1877 – d.1917 Taking his year of birth from his age at death, only two children with his name were born in 1877 according to the GRO. One died in 1879, the other, born to Isaac and Mary, was registered in June quarter 1877, Romford, Essex, (v4a/p186), mother’s maiden name Pettit. I also found his… read more »


b.1844 – d.1910 – Victorian Star of Stage – Mr. Byron PEDLEY was born in Q4 1844, in Chorlton-upon-Medlock in Manchester. (GRO District Chorlton, v20, p237), to John and Mary. Byron had a very successful comedy acting career. He clearly enjoyed causing laughter as a low comedy actor, a dramatic form of popular entertainment without any primary… read more »


b. 1893 – d. 1941 – Flamenco Extraordinaire Félix García’s full name was Félix Fernández García, the García part coming from his mother´s maiden name. Félix, famed Spanish dancer, and subject of Picasso, was confined at the Long Grove asylum, after he started acting peculiar, soon after being possibly deceived by The Ballet Russes director,… read more »


b.1839 – d.1912 – The Widow and the Decorator – The mysterious story of someone who wasn’t who they seemed. Amelia FRANCIS a.k.a. Mrs. Lavinia EVERLEY nee TEMPLEMAN. On December 28th 1911, a mysterious widow was arrested for begging on Grays Inn road, giving the name Amelia FRANCIS. After being remanded she was sent to… read more »

FLYNN, James David

b.1873 – d.1917 Intro The burial register has James’ burial as 7th April 1917 age 44. This gives an approximate year of birth as 1873. 1870s I found and confirmed a birth of James David Flynn in Poplar Union in March quarter of 1872 and his mother’s maiden name was Sullivan GRO: 1872, Q1, Poplar,… read more »

BARFORD, Maria Celia

b.1863 – d.1918 1860s Marian (or Maria) Celia Barford was born in Brixton in the first quarter of 1863 to Frederick Sayer Barford, aged 39, and his 31 year old wife Elizabeth (née Wallace). She was baptised in St. Matthew’s Church, Brixton on the 24th of June 1863. Frederick, the son of Charles Barford, a… read more »


b. 1857 – d.1915 – A Victorian Murder Case Intro For a brief, but intense period, Mark Skull found himself an unwilling player in a classic Victorian murder case and endured having his family life and loss splashed across the newspapers in the UK and wider world. It was a personal tragedy that caused him… read more »


b.1888 – d.1910 Early Life Dorothy Betty Hardwick was born in Cheltenham on 17 February 1888, the second child of Walter Henry Hardwick and Sarah Mary West. They had married in December 1884 in Tewkesbury, Gloucs. Dorothy was baptised at St Peter’s Church, Cheltenham on 8 April 1888. The family would grow to 7 children… read more »

FURY, Sylvester

b.1861 – d.1910 Intro A summary of the evidence it has been possible to locate for Sylvester is a sad story of a person who spent most of his life in institutions. The 1851 census shows Sylvester’s mother Ann Pickett, aged 11, living with her mother Mary Winters, a shoe binder. Early Life On October… read more »


b. 1887 – d. 1910 On 26 September 1870 Hanrich Frederick Ferdinand Schmidt married Sophia Hutchings at Christ Church, Somers Town, Pancras. Ferdinand, the name he seems to have used, had been born in Celle, Hanover and had arrived in London at some time after 1861 as he does not appear in the census for… read more »


b.1867 – d.1918 Intro. According to Poor Law Removal and Settlement records, Edward Maidment, aged 46 and described as ‘lunatic’ was, on the 25th of April, 1914, resident at Long Grove. Underneath his name, is written “properly Maidman, Edwin Albert”. As we will see, Edward’s change of name had occurred many years before, probably as… read more »


b.1871 – d.1910 – Hoxton Crew Gang Member – The story of Edward hit an obstacle very early on. The Find a Grave index assumes a birth in Ireland with no solid evidence whatsoever; I believe this to be untrue. Tracing the lunacy documents backwards, I found that Edward entered to lunacy system via prison,… read more »

STAFFORD, Henry Alfred

b.1864 – d.1918 Henry Alfred Stafford was born in Holborn in the third quarter of 1864 to George Richard Stafford, aged 28, and his wife Emma (née Nichols), aged 27. George, a bootmaker, was the son of George Stafford, a pianoforte maker, and his wife Jane (née Clee). Emma was the daughter of Samuel Nichols,… read more »

BECKETT, Ebenezer John

b.1867 – d.1918 Ebenezer John Beckett was born in the second quarter of 1867 in the village of Steeple Claydon, Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire to Mark Beckett and his wife Elizabeth (née Brown). Both parents had been born in Steeple Claydon. Mark’s father, Richard Beckett, was a publican and Elizabeth was the daughter of William Snow… read more »

MASTIN, Alfred

b.1864 – d.1909 Alfred was born in September 1864 in Bethnal Green, to William age 34 and Mary age 33, her maiden name was Haddon. Alfred had 2 older brothers and 2 sisters. In the 1860’s Bethnal Green was mainly full of tumbledown old buildings with many families living in each house. By the end… read more »