Group    From /5/1868  To 1997

Normansfield Asylum

Categories: Children, Medicine

See Lost Hospitals of London for an excellent history of this hospital. Briefly: The White House, a mansion with 5 acres of grounds, was built in 1866.  Dr Langdon Down and his wife Mary bought it and named it Normansfield, after their solicitor (!).  It opened in May 1868 as a private asylum for children with mental health problems from upper class families.  The children were taught according to their abilities and the hospital expanded with new wings and out-buildings.  A splendid Entertainment Hall was built and opened in 1879 (still exists and is regularly open to the public).  By 1888 the hospital covered 40 acres.  The Langdon Down’s two sons both qualified in medicine, worked at Normansfield and took it over when their parents died in 1896-1900.

Normansfield transferred into the NHS in June 1951 but the family continued their involvement.  We have to mention that a grand-daughter married a neurologist, Dr Russell Brain (nominative determinism rules! - see Isambard Brunel for more examples).

This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page:
Normansfield Asylum

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Dr John Langdon Down

We could not get close enough to take easily legible photographs and initiall...

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Jim Gaffney

Jim Gaffney

Spent his life helping vulnerable children.

Person, Children, Social Welfare

1 memorial
Percy Baden Powell Huxford

Percy Baden Powell Huxford

Percy Baden Powell Huxford is the 2nd from the right of the seven boys sitting in the photograph of the scout troop. He was born on 9 May 1900, in Walworth, one of at least ten children of Henry W...

Person, Children, Community / Clubs, Tragedy

2 memorials
The Children's Fold

The Children's Fold

A Barnardo's home, also referred to as Sheppard's House. It was established around 1887 at 182 Grove Road, E3. Its address is sometimes given as 180 Grove Road, so may have expanded into the neighb...

Group, Children, Philanthropy, Social Welfare

1 memorial
Holly Susan Whitlock

Holly Susan Whitlock

2015: Our colleague Andrew Behan has been register-diving again and writes: "I think that this three year old girl was Holly Susan Whitlock. The registers record her death in the Borough of Camden,...

Person, Children

1 memorial
Osman Sharif

Osman Sharif

Killed aged 16. Evening Stardard reports an arrest of another 16 year old suspected of stabbing Sharif. Our photo was taken from a framed image at the shrine.

Person, Children, Tragedy

1 memorial