Many people will not know what a coprolite merchant is. This story will make all clear.
Benjamin said he had made a harp with 1,000 strings and could play any tune and instrument! He worked as a musician.
There is no hint of any mental health problems until Mary Ann enters the Asylum in 1899. He family remain attentive and visit her many times.
She ordered extravagant luncheons both at Stafford and Northampton stations and had no money to pay for them. The delusion that she is a duchess recurs frequently throughout her case notes.
Without the invaluable case notes for Caroline Ward, we would not be able to tell any of her sad story.
Ada proved a little elusive to find at first.Thanks to the visitor book, the author then found her husband and more of her short life was uncovered.
It is not clear why John entered Manor hospital. His family were interesting. John’s brother George, a builder, left £6m in his will. His son Thomas and his wife were killed by a V2 rocket in 1944.
A story revisited by the author when invaluable case notes came to light at the London Metropolitan Archives. What followed resulted in a thorough family history for Walter Cartwright and his family.
The author says, “This has been such an interesting case to try to unravel and kept a couple of us up to the early hours trying to make sense of it!” A fabulous piece of research leaving questions to unravel.
5½ weeks after he had his head cut open by being knocked down by some roughs in the street, William Aitken suffered a life of Epilepsy in hospitals and asylums. His wife left the children to fend for themselves and it would appear he never saw any of them again.
We are not sure why Ellen (Nellie) Simcock entered Manor Asylum but she was visited often by family members
Maria MILTON gave birth to 11 children, a challenging life that ended in Horton Asylum.
The Mechanical Engineer
The tailoress suffering depression
Was an unfortunate accident responsible for this man’s epilepsy?
Daughter of famous colonial architect who built Sydney.
The Railway Porter
Died aged just 22
The Solicitor’s Clerk
Orphaned at 13
The Domestic Servant
Christ’s brother or King of England?
The Lambeth Needlewoman
Coping with 6 family deaths within 4 months
A mother of 10
The glove maker
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.
What happened to this Bootmaker?
The young bookkeeper and the Silk Merchant
Lost her twin brother, aged 4
A 20ft fall led to strange behaviour
Additional difficulty of not speaking English
The German Tailor who came to London
How the Russian Revolution destroyed a family of Polish nobility
Escaped childhood murder!
A famous Dutch artist from a famous artistic family; yet missing from the historical records. Why did this son end up at the Asylum?
The giggling tomboy
The Yale graduate and published author
The Worst and Wickedest Woman in London
The boisterous, Victorian star of the stage
Famous Flamenco dancer and Picasso’s muse
The French Polisher
The mysterious case of the Widow and the Decorator – The mystery of a lady who left home and was never seen again. Only years later was she found to have died in Epsom with a different name.
The Hollywood film star’s brother.
The silver polisher
The common story of someone with epilepsy whose life was marred by a lack of understanding of the condition.
An epileptic since birth
The Kensington Plumber
Survivor of The Titanic