Home

Tours | Categories (New, Hot) | Map

Alcohol - Ancient - Animal - Architecture - Art - Aviation - Boxing - Celebrity - Charity - Children - Church - Cinema - Comedy - Crime - Dance - Death - Disaster - Drugs - Fashion - Food - Gambling - Ghost - Grave - Health - Historical - Industry - Justice - LGBT - Literary - Look Up - Medical - Military - Motoring - Murder - Museum - Music - Nature - Naval - Paranormal - Pioneer - Poetry - Police - Politics - Pub - Public Amenities - Quirky - Religion - Retail - Ripper - River - Royalty - Science - Sculpture - Sex - Signs - Society - Sport - Subterranean - Technology - Theatre - Train - Transport - Tube - TV - Weather -

Contact Us

IN THE NEWS

Westfield Stratford City East
Westfield Stratford City East Retail Theme

TOUR OF THE MONTH

American Tour of London
American Tour of London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

17th July 1975 TV Presenter Konnie Huq was born in Hammersmith.

17th July 1968 Beatle's animated film Yellow Submarine premieres in London

17th July 1965 Born today: Alex Winter, London England, actor (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)

17th July 1958 Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise, premieres in London

17th July 1949 Born today: Mick Tucker, London, rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden)

17th July 1947 Born today: Camilla Parker-Bowles, London England, Prince Charles' wife.

17th July 1909 Born today: Hardy Amies, London England, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II)

17th July 1894 Born today: Mary Clare, London England, actress (Evil Mind, Young and Innocent)

17th July 1717 George Frideric Handel's The Water Music premiered when King George I requested a concert on a barge on the River Thames.

Barmy Balmes House



Barmy Balmes House

This is where the term Barmy was coined from an old asylum

Location: Downham Road, Hackney, London

Description: This is where the old lunatic asylum Balmes House used to be, and probably where the soft term for crazy 'barmy' was derived from.

1540 Balmes House, or Baume's House (north of Hoxton), was built about 1540. It was named after its founders, two brothers who were Spanish merchants. In 1631 it was Sir George Whitmore's house. In 1680 it was bought by Richard de Beauvoir. In the 1750s it was taken over by Dr Meyer Low Schomberg for use as a private madhouse.

The De Beauvoir family, however, seem to have retained ownership of the estate.

The house is now sadly long gone.


Themes: HistoricalHistorical Theme  QuirkyQuirky Theme
Ranking This Month: 2226/2802
Pages Hit This Month: 31
Link to This Page: http://www.shadyoldlady.com/location/1591

Barmy Balmes House

This is where the term Barmy was coined from an old asylum


The Shady Old Lady points out that you can drag this map using mouse. Or visit our full massive map.


According to these: http://www.word-detective.com/032404.html http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=barmy&searchmode=none barmy was in use as meaning excited/irrational around 1600. Yet Balmes House wasnt a madhouse until long after this. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45255 The linked article and several others link it to the word for froth on beer, which has been around longer, so this seems like a far more likely origin. (Peter)
Posted by Peter on 2010-10-05
Got something to add? Write it 'ere:
Name:     Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:
Other places nearby...

The Walthamstow Windmill», 5.8km

East End with lots of East», 2.0km

Home to an Adventurer», 5.3km

Throw Your Rubbish Elsewhere», 3.3km

The Maya's home from home», 6.6km

Tyburn Convent», 4.0km

Eisenhower HQ en suite», 3.7km

St John's Gate», 1.5km

The PM's Street», 3.1km

Former St Mary's School», 4.2km