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tony vines
19-02-2009, 9:14 PM
I have a distant ancestor who spent at least 10 years of his life at the beginning of the 20th century in various institutions in Northamptonshire almost certainly because he suffered from epilepsy. However it has not been possible to find the record of his death. There is however a death of a person with the same name, bar one letter and the correct age in Bingham Registration District.

I know of no reason why he should have died in Bingham and indeed his wife and family continued to live in Northamptonshire. There were no relatives in Bingham as far as we can tell.

Does anyone with a knowledge of the history of the Bingham area know of any reason why such a person might have moved there. For example was there an institution that specialised in the treatment of people with epilepsy?

tony vines
19-02-2009, 9:44 PM
Hi Finbar

Wow that was quick How do you do it?

That may well be the place he was sent to. I now wonder why, given that his family were living in Northants. However, it's a start.

Muchas gracias

22-02-2009, 3:54 PM
It was not called Saxondale Hospital until later I think, it replaced the county asylum at Sneinton in 1902 and was then called Nottingham County Asylum. Radcliffe on Trent. My great uncle died there in 1925 after suffering shell shock in the great war.His death certificate is also from the Bingham district.

tony vines
22-02-2009, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the additional information larkspur. I only found out recently via Who Do You Think You Are? how many soldiers had shell shock and in fact that they were sent back to the front after they were judged to be better. We can't imagine what it would have been like in the trenches can we?

My ancestor was probably excused from becoming a soldier because of his epilepsy although he would have been a bit old anyway. It may not of course have been his death that is recorded at Bingham, and he may not have even been in the asylum. However the fact that there was one in the district adds some cicumstantial evidence to our guess. We certainly know that people with epilepsy were routinely locked away in asylums because their illness was so little understood.

best regards