Percy Pemberton Barnes (125) was born on 16th April, 1858.



His early years were spent in Hastings and St LeonardŐs.


Hastings and St Leonards Observer 18th February 1882


In 1878 he was admitted as a pensioner (se above) to Jesus College, Cambridge.


Name:     Percy Pemberton. Barnes


College:  JESUS


Born:       16 Apr 1858


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Adm. pens. (age 19) at JESUS, Oct. 1, 1878. S. of William Pemberton, Esq. B. Apr. 16, 1858, at Havering, Essex. School, Brighton College (Rev. C. Bigg). Brother of Ernest P. (1874).




At the age of 21 in 1881 he was a student of agriculture living at 26 Blackjack Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.


                            The Flower House



Percy died in 1936, aged 77, as an in patient at the Flower House Asylum, Beckenham Street, Lewisham where he was kept in secure accommodation for many years.



He was in the care of Charles Arthur Mercier FRCS, FRCP, (1851 - 1919) the son of a clergyman, who was born on 21 June 1851.

He studied medicine at the University of London, and after graduating took a position at Buckinghamshire County Asylum in Stone, near Aylesbury. Mercier then became Assistant Medical Officer at Leavensden Asylum, and the City of London Asylum at Dartford, Kent.


Soon afterwards he was appointed Superintendent of Bethel Hospital in Norwich, and Surgeon to the Jenny Lind Hospital. He also became the Resident Physician at Flower House, a private asylum in Catford. In 1902 he was appointed Lecturer in insanity at the Westminster Hospital Medical School and the London Medical School for Women, and, around the same time, the Physician for mental diseases at Charing Cross Hospital.


         Chelmsford Chronicle 8th January, 1937