I was all set to give a talk on 1 May at the National Theatre in London exploring themes in Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Welkin, which was then in performance. Of course, the Coronavirus lockdown meant everything was cancelled, so I am instead posting some of that talk here. *Although some aspects of the plot […]
Early in the morning of Tuesday 27 May 1817, a labourer came across a pair of boots, a bonnet and bundle of clothes near a stagnant pit of water just north of the village of Erdington near Birmingham. He surmised that someone had gone into the pit and ran to raise the alarm at a […]
Over two hundred years after her death, Margaret Catchpole (1762–1811) is remembered by many – for the things she was not and the things she did not do, largely because someone who never met her wrote her purported biography, which was largely a work of fiction. Ironically Margaret Catchpole’s life was extraordinary enough without this. […]
A compact but effective display
How I researched Unfortunate Wretches
Read my article on vauxhallhistory.org
London was in chaos.
They’re all here – including an index.
A belated review.
The New and Complete Newgate Calendar, Volume 1, 1797 Jackson, William (1797). The new and complete Newgate calendar; or, Villany displayed in all its branches. Vol 1. London: Alexander Hogg. Google Books The New and Complete Newgate Calendar, Volumes 2-4, 1795 Jackson, William (1795). The new and complete Newgate calendar; or, Villany displayed in all its branches. Vols 2 […]
This girl had guts.
Eli Cox was only 19 when he was savagely attacked.
It was by no means an easy life.
A teenage maidservant makes a serious allegation.
Tom Woodforde sued James Vibart in 1817 for damages after a violent fight in Taunton.
Best plan is to have a horse ready and waiting.
A review of 2016 and news of my upcoming book about women executed 1797 to 1837.
Humane or a venal, unfeeling monster?
Aged 23, hanged at Ilchester, for the poisoning murder of her much older husband John.
There was a riot at her execution in Liverpool.
A look at the various criminal methods women used to obtain goods and money under false pretences.
Hanged in Gloucester in 1836 for the poisoning murder of her husband Thomas.
Catherine Curzon (aka Madame Gilflurt) pays a visit to tell us about the shocking attempt on the life of the Duke of Cumberland…
Fascinating guest post by Anna M. Thane