Birth: 20 July 1900

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Wimborne, Dorset

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 3 March 1931

Place or Registered Place of Death: Camberwell House, Camberwell, Surrey

Father: Cecil George Paget

Mother: Innes Elizabeth Skinner


The Times - March 7, 1931
Paget. - On March 3, 1931, at Camberwell House, Martin Charles Paget, aged 30. At peace.

Camberwell House was a private mental hospital in South London. Camberwell House, a huge private establishment, stood on the north side behind the Town Hall, occupying the land as far as Southampton Way (where the Sceaux Gardens Estate is now). Built originally as a school, it was converted into an asylum in 1846. Holding up to 483 inmates it was the largest of its kind in the metropolis in the late 19th Century.

The institution was held to be “the epitome of the enlightened approach to mental disorders at a time when the public asylums were busy creating the ignorance and brutality, the mistrust, that still lingers in the public mind today of mental homes” (Blanch); the proprietors’ pioneering regime contrasted with the cruel and barbarous conditions prevalent in Bedlam and other asylums. “The utmost liberty, with safety, is permitted”, it was said of the regime there.

While it was said to cater to ‘all classes’, the private paying guest was clearly at the forefront of the proprietors minds. Not only was care emphasized, but the hospital also provided some pretty plush facilities for its ‘patients’: 20 acres of grounds (some of which were over Peckham Road, where Lucas Gardens are now) cricket, football and hockey pitches, tennis and squash courts, croquet; there were garden parties, dances (in a purpose built ball room!) theatricals, concerts, billiards. Camberwell House eventually closed in 1955.

It is clear that Martin Charles Paget had some form of insanity.

Martin Charles Paget