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Manor Asylum

Epsom Cluster #1

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


b.1878 – d.1907 Dunkinson has been spelt in a variety of ways on the sources discovered, however I believe they are transcription errors and that the documents found all refer to Matilda Dunkinson buried at Horton Cemetery in 1907. I have used the Dunkinson spelling throughout. Birth Matilda Dunkinson was born on the 8th November… read more »

JAMES, Annie

b.1852 – d.1899 Annie JAMES appears in the Manor burial register (6882/9/2) as case number 1. As far as anyone is aware Annie was the very first burial at Horton cemetery upon opening. We have not yet found any reference to a burial plot. I expect to find much more information on Annie once I… read more »


b.1867 – d.1915 Louisa Bellamy was born Q1-1867 along with her twin brother John, to Edward Bellamy and Frances Bellamy neé Hathway. Their father, Edward, was 34 and their mother, Frances, was 30. Edward and Frances married on 17th June 1860 and their residence at the time was in Brother’s Row. The witnesses were Edward’s… read more »


b.1869 – d.1909 Early years Susan Elizabeth Smith was born in the autumn of 1869, the daughter of George Smith, a cab driver, and his wife Susan. On the 1871 census, Susan is living with her parents and siblings in Wellington Mews, Kensington. Although ‘Mews’ today conjures up an image of rather exclusive quiet backstreets,… read more »

DICK, Andrea Elder

b.1874 – d.1915 Andrea was born in the 4th Quarter of 1874 in the Registration District of Prescot, which is near Liverpool.In 1881 she was living with her parents and siblings at 5 Denbigh Terrace in the town of Liscard in Cheshire. The Census for the time records the following: Andrew Elder Dick, head, married… read more »

ALAIS, Sarah Elizabeth

b. 1874 – d.1914 Early Years Sarah Elizabeth Norris was born in the 4th Quarter of 1874 in the District of Eastry in Kent. Eastry is a town slightly inland at the far east of Kent and the District includes the seaside towns of Deal and Sandwich. Sarah was baptised on the 1st day of… read more »


b.1838 – d.1912 Early life – 1830s to 1840s Emma was born on 14th April 1838 in Paddington and lived to be nearly 74 years old, dying on 20th January 1912 in The Manor Hospital. She was baptised in St John’s Paddington on 11th May 1838. Her parents were John Bigford and Mary Ann Cummings,… read more »

DORLEY, Harriet

b.1830/5-d.1913 Introduction Harriet was born in the early 1830s in Ramsholt. This is a small village in East Suffolk. It is best known for its 13th century Church of St Anne with its rare round tower, most such towers elsewhere being square. In 1831 it had a population of 215 inhabitants of which 47 were… read more »

GODFREY, Susannah

b.1860-d.1914 Introduction Susannah Godfrey. This is the name recorded in the Burial Records of Horton Estate Cemetery. It shows that Susannah, who had been a patient in Manor Asylum, was buried on the 12th of January 1914 in grave reference 825a. Death age is indicated to be 55. That would suggest a birth about 1859/1860…. read more »

VAHID, Henrietta

b.1873-d.1915 A story full of mysteries and unanswered questions Henrietta Vahid was buried in Horton Estate Cemetery at Epsom in Grave number 1789b on the 28th of May 1915. Her age was stated to be 40. She had been a patient at Manor Asylum. There is no UK record of a birth of a Henrietta… read more »

EVANS, Ida Ellen

b. 1876 – d. 1913 1870s Born Ida Ellen Jacobs, Ida’s birth was registered in the 1st Quarter of 1876 in the Registration District of Oundle. Her actual birthplace was the village of Woodnewton, Northamptonshire. 1880s 1881. The census at Woodnewton shows Ida living at an unspecified address in the village with her parents and… read more »

KILMINSTER, George Thomas

b. 1860 – d. 1915 Intro Died 19/4/1915 and buried Horton Estate Cemetery. Age at death 54 suggestive of birth about 1861. There is no record of the birth of a child with this name but it appears George’s birth name was wrongly recorded as George Thomas KILLMASTER.  In fact, during the research it has… read more »

FRESTON nee EDWARDS, Catherine Louisa

b. 1829 – d. 1914 Intro Catherine Louisa Edward’s precise date of birth is not known but she was baptised on the 24th August 1829 in Stroud, Gloucestershire. It is likely her birth year was also 1829. Her parents were George Edwards and Sarah Sophia. 1840s On the 16th May 1848 Catherine Louisa Edwards married… read more »


b. 1848 – d. 1909 1840s Martha Sarah Agatha Waters was baptised at St Mary’s Church, Ewell on the 26th March 1848. She was the daughter of Thomas Waters, a carrier, and his wife Elizabeth. 1850s The 1851 census showed the family living in Green Man Street in Ewell (now the High Street). Thomas was… read more »

MEAD nee GROVER, Daisy

b. 1878 – d. 1914 Intro Daisy was living in the Manor Asylum when she died. She was said to be 35 years of age at death on the 12th October 1914. She was buried in the Horton Estate Cemetery on the 16/10/1914. If this age of 35 is correct this would make her birth… read more »

BOWDERY nee CORK, Agnes Bessy

b.1844-d.1914 Agnes Bessie Corke was born in the 4th Quarter of 1844 in the Registration District of Camberwell, London, although her actual birth place was probably Peckham. The parents of Agnes were Matthew Corke and Ann Garland Corke nee Lee. They had married in Melcombe Regis, Dorset in 1839. Matthew had been born in Seal… read more »

WILSON, Eleanor Lydia Kate

b.1865 – d.1914 Eleanor Emily Lydia Kate Maule was born on the 11th October 1865 at Westminster, London. She was the daughter of William and Susan Maule. Eleanor was baptised at St Mary’s, Tothill Fields on the 5th November 1865. (Tothill Field area was eventually purchased by the Roman Catholic Church in 1884 and work… read more »