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Post by Karen on Mon 12 Sep 2011 - 2:43

SUICIDE AT COLNEY HATCH.

Dr. Thomas held an inquest at Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, yesterday, concerning the death of John James Davey, aged 35, a cashier, and an inmate of the asylum. Dr. W.J. Seward, medical superintendent, said that the deceased was admitted on Sept. 7, 1897, suffering from melancholia and delusions. At times he had been violent, but at no time had many any attempts on his life. He was in a ward with other patients. Of late he had a mad delusion that chloroform had been given to him, and that an operation had been performed on him. A brother of deceased said the latter's mind gave way through overstudy. Joseph Sims, an attendant, deposed that on Tuesday deceased was in the ward reading after dinner. Ten minutes later he missed him, and heard there was a man hanging in the lavatory, and there found deceased suspended by a roller towel. Witness cut him down, endeavoured without success to restore animation, and sent for the medical officer. Dr. E.S. Wilkinson said he was called, and found the deceased on the floor, dead. Death was due to suffocation by hanging. The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst of unsound mind."

Source: Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, May 12, 1901, Page 4

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SHOREDITCH VESTRY.
THE NEW RATES.

Mr. Hepburn moved that the Vestry be recommended to levy a Poor Rate of 11d. in the pound. As the Vestry were aware, they had no control over the Poor Rate estimates. The Finance Committee reduced the rate so as to save the Vestry the trouble. He did not think they could go any lower than 11d. which would leave a deficit of 2,581 pounds.
Mr. Moss said he hoped the Vestry would be able to make a lower Poor Rate. After the statements made at the Guardian Board by Mr. Kershaw and others as to the number of patients wrongly kept at Colney Hatch and other Asylums, he rather anticipated that all the Shoreditch patients would be discharged, and they would have no lunatics whatever to pay for. (Hear, hear, and laughter.)

Source: The Hackney Express and Shoreditch Observer, September 10, 1898, Page 3

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SUICIDE AT COLNEY HATCH.

Dr. Danford Thomas held an inquest at the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum this afternoon concerning the death of John James Davey, aged 35 years, a cashier, and an inmate of the asylum, who committed suicide by hanging himself with a jack towel.
Dr. Wm. Joseph Seward, medical superintendent of the asylum, said that the deceased was admitted on the 7th September, 1897. The last few weeks he had been depressed, and had a delusion that chloroform had been given to him, and that an operation had been performed on him.
The jury returned a verdict that the deceased committed suicide whilst of unsound mind. The foreman thought that it would be best to have shorter towels. Dr. Seward said that the matter would be considered.

Source: The Echo, Saturday May 11, 1901

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DEATH IN COLNEY HATCH.

Dr. Danford Thomas held an inquest in the Colney Hatch Asylum on the body of Hannah Mills, aged 80 years, who was admitted to the Asylum on October 12th suffering from senile dementia.
The evidence showed that formerly the deceased had been an inmate of the Marylebone Workhouse. She suffered from the delusion that she was overburdened with young children. She was extremely feeble. On Christmas Day one of the inmates of the Infirmary dropped an orange. Deceased went to pick it up, fell, and fractured her thigh. Owing to her advanced age and enfeebled condition an operation could not be performed, and she gradually sank and died.
The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

Source: The Echo, Thursday January 14, 1904

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COLNEY HATCH FARE.

At a previous meeting attention had been drawn to the poor quality of meat which the Visiting Committee to Colney Hatch Asylum had noticed being served out to inmates when they made an inspection of that institution.
A communication had since been received from the Asylum authorities, pointing out that the meat to which exception had been taken was one of the Asylum herd of cows which had been fattened and slaughtered when in quite a healthy condition. The sub-committee, it was stated, had seen the corresponding portion of meat and were satisfied that it was of good quality.
Mr. Winkler said that Board had killed cows themselves when they had a farm.

Source: The Mercury, July 27, 1907, Page 2

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SHOREDITCH BOARD OF GUARDIANS.
COOKING AT COLNEY HATCH.

A similarly satisfactory report was submitted by the Committee who visited the Colney Hatch Asylum, except as to some cooked meat which was being served to the patients, and which the Committee considered to be very poor in quality.
A discussion ensued, in which some severe criticisms were offered in regard to the nature of the food supplied, and eventually it was decided to forward the report to the London County Council to be laid before their Asylums Committee.

Source: Shoreditch Observer, Hackney Express & Bethnal Green Chronicle, July 13, 1907, Page 7

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CASE OF WILLIAM BALL.

In answer to a series of questions from Mr. Frank Smith (Soc.) with regard to the case of William Ball, Mr. Goodrich, Chairman of the Asylums Board, said Ball was admitted to Colney Hatch Asylum on February 12th, and was discharged on the following day, at the instance of his wife, in order that he might become a private patient. A wife was empowered by the Lunacy Act of 1890 to take this course. The reception orders of patients were deemed to be confidential documents, and he could not, therefore, give any information on this point. Moreover, the Home Secretary had ordered an inquiry into the whole case.

Source: The Shoreditch Observer, Hackney Express, Bethnal Green Chronicle and Finsbury Gazette, March 9, 1912, Page 3

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MAN WHO ESCAPED FROM AN ASYLUM.
CLAIM FOR DAMAGES DISMISSED.

COURT OF APPEAL. - Lords Justices Bankes, Scrutton, and Atkin.

By a majority the Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed the appeal by Henry Gordon Everett from a judgment of the Lord Chief Justice dismissing his action against Mr. Humphrey John Griffiths, chairman of the Islington Board of Guardians, and Dr. A.K. Anklesarin, the medical officer of the board.
Mr. Everett, who described himself as a self-taught law student, conducted the appeal himself. He claimed damages for his wrongful certification as a lunatic, and alleged that, without taking proper care to ascertain the facts, they had caused his incarceration in Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum for about 13 days. He escaped by climbing a wall.
At the first hearing the jury disagreed and were discharged. The Lord Chief Justice held that on the evidence the defendants were entitled to judgment.
Lord Justice Bankes, deciding for the dismissal of the appeal, said a medical man called on to give an opinion on a matter of opinion, and giving that opinion honestly, was not responsible for the soundness of it, nor for the consequences, or for any proceedings the authorities might take.
Lord Justice Scrutton agreed to the dismissal of the appeal.
Lord Justice Atkin dissented. The judgment, he said, should be set aside, and there should be a new trial. There was a duty on those who administered the lunacy laws to take every reasonable care to ascertain the true mental condition of a person before ordering his detention. They had no right to subject anybody to the unspeakable torment of having his sanity condemned and his liberty restricted.
Mr. Everett said he should appeal to the House of Lords.
Solicitors: For the respondents, Messrs. Samuel Price and Sons.

Source: The Daily Mail, Wednesday March 31, 1920, Page 4

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HENDON BOARD OF GUARDIANS.
THE CONDITION OF LUNATICS.

The clerk read the admission certificate of Geo. Whitman into the Colney Hatch Asylum, a bruise under left eye being recorded. - Mr. Memory asked how that was accounted for. A short time since some of the staff of the asylum alleged that a man was admitted with a broken arm and other injuries, and he (Mr. Memory) thought the Guardians should be very careful to ascertain the particulars. - Mr. Clarke, relieving officer, said Whitman had the bruise before the case came under his notice.

Source: The Courier and London & Middlesex Counties Gazette, January 12, 1889, Page 6

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THE CORDS OF AFFECTION.

A young woman attended before the Board to ask if the Guardians would order the release of her husband from the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum.
The Relieving Officer said that the man was taken away on Thursday because he had attempted to cut his own throat and that of his wife; in fact, he would have cut his own throat had not his wife prevented him.
The young woman admitted that this was so, but she had seen him twice since he had been in the asylum, and he was much better.
After some conversation the Clerk pointed out that the Guardians could not order the discharge of the patient, as he was confined in a county asylum.

Source: The Hackney Express and Shoreditch Observer, September 29, 1888, Page 3

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SUFFRAGIST LEAVES ASYLUM.
Window Breaker Spends One Day at Colney Hatch.

There has been a painful sequel to the conviction and imprisonment of Mr. William Ball, a supporter of the suffragettes. In December he was sentenced to two months' imprisonment for throwing a stone through a window at the Home Office. On Monday he was certified as insane, and was removed from Pentonville to Colney Hatch Asylum. On Tuesday he was released from the asylum and was taken to a nursing home. Mrs. Ball stated that her husband was in a very serious condition. He had told her that for over five weeks while in Pentonville he was fed by force twice daily, attendants holding him down while the operation was performed. Twice, he further state, he was placed in the punishment cells. Finally he declared that his protest against being placed in an asylum without an opportunity being given to his friends to see him and make other provision for him was ignored.
The fact that Mr. Ball had been certified as insane was the subject of much harsh criticism at a meeting of the Women's Social and Political Union at the Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, on Monday afternoon. Miss Christabel Pankhurst said that only recently Mrs. Ball, on asking for permission for herself and a doctor to see her husband in Pentonville, was refused on the ground that his sentence was short and his health was good.
The W.S.P.U. had been consulted by Mrs. Ball upon the matter, and they had promptly engaged two of the most distinguished specialists in mental diseases, who would investigate Mr. Ball's condition. They could not, declared Miss Pankhurst, allow that kind of thing to go on. Mr. Ball was in excellent health and perfectly sane when he entered prison, and there was no hereditary insanity in his family.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, February 18, 1912, Page 24

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