Madness Monday~ Brentwood Asylum

Monday, December 16, 2013



London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 
           Reference Number: POBG/129/08


WEST HAM POOR LAW UNION, ESSEX.
In the matter of Sarah Christian a Lunatic Pauper, aged 70 years
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The Examination of EDWIN KEIGHT, Clerk to the Clerk  to the Guardians of the WEST HAM Poor Law Union, in the County of Essex,  taken on oath before us, the undersigned, two of Her Majesty's Justice of the Peace,  acting together, in and for the said County of Essex, this 5th day of August, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety Seven; touching the Lunacy, Chargeability, and place of the last legal settlement of Sarah Christian aged 70 years or thereabouts, a Pauper Lunatic; upon the complaint and application of the Guardians of the Poor of the WEST HAM Poor Law Union, in the said County, made unto is the said Justices,  That the said Pauper Lunatic has become, and now is actually chargeable to the said WEST HAM Union, and that she was, under and by virtue of an order in such case made and provided, conveyed as a Pauper Lunatic from the said Union to the Lunatic Asylum, for the County of Essex, at Brentwood, where she was received, and hath ever since been and still is confined as a pauper Lunatic, at the expense, cost, and charge of the said WEST HAM Poor Law Union.

And I the Said EDWIN KEIGHT, upon my oath, say that I am Clerk to the Clerk to the Guardians of the WEST HAM Poor Law Union, in the County of Essex. That by a certain order (made in pursuance of and in strict conformity with the provisions of the Statues in such case made and provided) bearing date the 26th day of August, 1896, directed to the Superintendent of the Public Lunatic Asylum for the County of Essex, at Brentwood, in the said County, whereby he was required to receive into the said Asylum as a Patient, the said Sarah Christian the Pauper Lunatic; and subjoined to which said order is the necessary and certificate, as required by law.

And I say that Sarah Christian the therein-named Pauper  Lunatic, was before and at the time of making the same order chargeable to the WEST HAM Poor Law Union, in the said County of Essex, and by virtue of which said order the Pauper Lunatic was duly conveyed to said Asylum.

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 and was then and there received as a patient, and hath ever since been and still is therein confined as a Lunatic at the expense, cost, and charge of the said WEST HAM Poor Law Union, And that the said Pauper Lunatic is not settled in the said WEST HAM Poor Law Union, neither is she irremovable therefrom.

And I further say that the said Guardians of the Poor of the WEST HAM Poor Law Union have incurred, or paid the of two pounds five shillings and seven pence, in and about the examination of the said Pauper Lunatic, and in conveying her to the said Asylum. And they have also incurred, or paid to the Treasure of the said Asylum, the further sum of twenty two pounds eighteen shilling ans eight pence, up to the 5th day of August for the lodging, maintenance, medicine, clothing, and care of the said Pauper Lunatic in the said Asylum, and which amount has been incurred within Twelve Calendar Months next before the day of date hereof.

And I further say that the sum of Fourteen shillings  __ pence, weekly is the sum now fixed by the Committee of  Visitors of the said Asylum to be paid for the future lodging, maintenance, medicine, clothing, and care of the said Lunatic.

And I have been informed and I verily believe the same to be true. That the said Sarah Christian is the lawful wife of Samuel Christian. That prior to February 1896 the said Samuel Christian resided for the term of three years at 77 and  24 St. Leonard Street in the parish, Hamlet, or Township of Bromley St Leonard in the Poplar Union, in such manner, and under such circumstances, in each of such years, as would in accordance with the several statutes in that behalf, render him irremovable therefrom and settled therein.

Signed Edwin Keight

The photo below shows that Sarah Received a visit from her oldest daughter, Sarah Ellis in September 1897.


I have been spending a lot of time searching for a record of death on Sarah Christian nee Fish who is my Great Great Great Grandmother (maternal)  her trail went cold after the 1891 West Ham Census where she is living at 14 Florence Rd. with her husband Samuel, daughter Emily and visiting Grand daughter (my great Aunt) Jane Matilda Allen, but last week I stumbled upon the Poor Law Removal and settlement records for 1897 showing Sarah was admitted to the Brentwood Lunatic Asylum and now my head is filled with so many questions, why was she sent there? was she actually insane or was it something else? did she die there? Was her daughter Sarah Ellis the only person to ever visit?

And so my search continues for answers to these new questions about my 3rd Great Grandmother.

Used With Permission: Warley Hospital, formerly Brentwood Asylum
 

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