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Ewell Epileptic Colony


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 »