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Long Grove Asylum

Epsom Cluster #4

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 »


b.1879 – d.1917 Hugh Goymer born 16th of January 1879. Hugh Goymer was born in Stockwell in the London area of Lambeth, on the16th of January 1879 to Abraham and Milbrough Goymer. Abraham was 48 years old and Milbrough was 31 years old. The family lived at 2 Wingmore Road Brixton London. Abraham was a… read more »


b.1873 – d.1915 Alice Gray/Grey was born in 1873 in the village of Ashill, near Swaffham in Norfolk. Her mother was Sarah Gray and she was unmarried when she gave birth to Alice. At her baptism on 10 August 1873, only Sarah is listed and she describes herself as a spinster. However, in October of… read more »

BROOK, Herbert

b. 1864 – d.1909 Herbert was born 10 April 1864; their address was 1 Sparkes Cottage, Graham Street West, St. George, Hanover Square, London. His father was James Joseph Brooks age 37, James was a police constable and his mother Ellen was also 37. Ellen was born in Clayton, Suffolk, her maiden name was Fenn…. read more »

FUZZENS, William

b.1875 – d.1915 Intro The wider Fuzzens family are well-established in Windsor, particularly, and one member was the first Labour Mayor of the town. There is a Fuzzens Walk in the centre and a blue plaque to local historian Fred Fuzzens (1921-1995). A Fuzzens family tree on Ancestry suggests that his mother was born in… read more »

BEADON, Walter

b.~1871 – d.1915 The story of Walter Beadon is among the saddest of the many troubled souls who ended their days at Long Grove Hospital and subsequently received a pauper’s burial and grave in Horton Cemetery, Epsom. Until now a forgotten man in a forgotten cemetery. It is also a story that brings sharp focus… read more »