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Horton Asylum

Epsom Cluster #2

JONES, Archibald

b.1853 – d.1909 Early life Archibald was born in 1853 in Rotherhithe to Jenkin Jones born 1819 of Cardiganshire, Wales and Mary Watt born 1818 of Scotland. His parents registered him without a Christian name, the GRO record shows Jones 1853, Mother Watt. No baptism found for him. The older children were baptised before the… read more »


b.1877 – d.1911 Amy Dacombe (Nee. Ludgate) was born in the September quarter 1877, in the registration district of Pancras, London. She was the 3rd child of Edward Ludgate from Hitcham in Buckinghamshire and Mary (nee Barnard). Edward’s family were agricultural labourers. In the 1881 census Amy is living with her parents Edward and Mary… read more »

KOEKKOEK, Hendrick B.

b.1849 – d.1902 – Dutch Artist Introduction Out of sight, out of mind and forgotten might have been an epitaph on his headstone, if he had one, because once this talented artist was admitted to Banstead Asylum in 1888 his family, friends and the world at large seem to have lost any personal interest in… read more »

SPACKMAN, Lily Sophia

b.1892 – d.1914 Lily Sophia Spackman was born in 1892 (JFM) in South Hornsey, London. She was the youngest of four children and the only daughter, born to Benjamin and Jane Sophia Spackman (nee Willats). No baptism record has yet been found for Lily. Family Background Benjamin and Jane were married on the 18th May… read more »


b.1887 – d.1913 Parents and Birth – 1850s to 1880s  Her parents were William Charles Stebbings and Emily Taylor who married on 29th March 1880 in St. Marks Church Southwark.  They were living in St. Georges Road, SE1 at the time of their marriage.  Mahala’s father was born in Suffolk in 1856.  In the 1871… read more »

SYKES, Gertrude

b.1882? – d.1910 A tragic story of a young girl all alone, who lived in institutions from the age of three until her death at a young age. Very little is known about where Gertrude was born. She herself did not seem to know much and whether she knew her parents is unknown. Perhaps no… read more »

FAY, Tottie

b.1850 – d.1908 The Worst and Wickedest Woman in London Introduction The life of Tottie Fay has been pieced together from numerous sources – initially through newspaper articles from the reporters whose jobs were to attend the many magistrates’ courts in London. Unfortunately, these court proceedings have not been digitised and we have relied on… read more »


b.1874 – d.1914 Early Life Ann Parkyns was born Ann Rebecca Witherington, in the March Quarter of 1874. Her birth was registered in Bethnal Green. Ann was named after her mother and was the middle child of five born to Robert and Ann Witherington (nee Tyrell). Robert and Ann had married on the 19th Sept… read more »

BELL, Herbert John

b.1855 – d.1909 Herbert John BELL was buried in Horton Cemetery on 18th June 1909. According to the Lunacy Patients Admission Register he had been admitted to Horton Asylum on 8th October 1904 and died there on the 14th June 1909. He was admitted as a pauper but a note against the entry in the… read more »

GEORGE, Frederica

b. 1862 – d. 1909 1860s Known as Frederica. Frederica was the first child of five found born to Frederick William Runyard George (b. 1816 the son of Joseph George and Ann Runyard) an accountant of Shoreditch, London and Susannah Foskett, (b. 1834) of Aston Clinton, a village 4.4 miles from Aylesbury, Bucks, the daughter… read more »