Useful links

C.B.C.'s pocket handbook 1899, and buttons from our family's Broadmoor uniforms

C.B.C.’s pocket handbook 1899, and buttons from our family’s Broadmoor uniforms

For those wishing to carry out further research on the many issues raised in the book ‘Inside Broadmoor : Secrets of the Criminally Insane – Revealed by the Chief Attendant’, the links below are simply a starting point on your journey….

For the lyrics to the song ‘There’s Another Jolly Row Downstairs’, by W Bint and WH Phillips try:

For Isaac Watts hymn of 1715, ‘Whene’er I Take My Walks Abroad’, try:

For Fire links try those below:

London Fire Brigade in the 1890’s Film 11039 (Huntley Film Archives – 19th February 2013)

Rare video clip showing the London fire brigade and their horse drawn fire engines in the 1890’s.

(Men run from past the camera to the fire station in civilian dress.  A couple of horse-drawn fire engines pull out of the fire station with the firemen in uniform.  A rescue ladder is also collected and wheeled off to the scene of the fire.)

Historic horse drawn fire engine in London.flv (Hallshaw – 10th November 2010)

Video-Clip – Wonderful recent re-enactment of a Victorian fire engine being driven through modern day London.

(The explanations and sound of the horses’ hooves give a real sense of how exciting it must have felt in Victorian times and how reassuring it would have been to see the fireman and their engine arriving to the rescue.)

Not referenced in the book but this photograph provides a useful comparison to the Broadmoor Fireman’s Uniform of the late 1800’s.  Shows standardisation of Victorian Uniforms.

(The only real difference being the axe on the London Fireman’s belt, rather than the Broadmoor Attendant’s Knife – as shown in the picture of Charles Bishop Coleman.)

This photograph of Victorian firemen is again from: – and also shows their boots.

The book ‘Inside Broadmoor’ talks many times about the links between ‘insanity’ and epilepsy quoted in the courts in the late Victorian / early Edwardian period.  Medical science and understanding has moved forward in great leaps since that time and epilepsy is now treatable.  For those who would like to know more about the illness please see the following link:

Whilst the use of certain words was acceptable in the past (e.g. ‘Lunatic’, ‘Insanity’ or ‘Imbecile’ etc.) in today’s modern world these vulgar terms are no longer relevant and stigmatise people in an inappropriate way.   For those interested in evidence pertaining to having the use of the word ‘insanity’ removed from epilepsy related cases passing through modern day courts, please see the above site posts.

Other health issues which recur in the book include the links between influenza and mental health, acute alcohol withdrawal, delirium tremens, clinical depression, post natal depression, sunstroke and paranoid schizophrenia.  All of which are easily researched on the internet via a search engine for those who are interested in these avenues of investigation.