John Langdon Down

John Langdon Down

Birth
Torpoint, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Death 7 Oct 1896 (aged 67)
Hampton Wick, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Cremation at Woking, in Surrey , and ashes returned to Normansfield
Memorial ID 40374228 · View Source
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John Langdon Haydon Down. He later changed his surname to Langdon-Down. In 1868, he founded the Normansfield Hospital for the mentally handicapped, at Teddington. He started life as a chemist and belatedly trained as a doctor - on qualification, assuming control of the Earlswood Asylum for Idiots, near Reigate, Surrey. He is best known for recognising 'Down's Syndrome' or Mongolism. Of his four children, Lilian died young, Everleigh died in an incident at Normansfield, and Reginald and Percival followed their father. Dr Down received immense support from his wife, Mary, who took over after his death. Mary was the daughter of an outfitter. She died in 1900 and, like John Langdon Down, was cremated at Woking. The locations of the ashes may be uncertain, but it is inconceivable that both urns were not brought back to Normansfield.


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  • Created by: Kelvin Adams
  • Added: 7 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40374228
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Langdon Down (18 Nov 1828–7 Oct 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40374228, ; Maintained by Kelvin Adams (contributor 47019579) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Cremation at Woking, in Surrey , and ashes returned to Normansfield.