Category Crime

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News was a weekly illustrated newspaper which was one of the earliest British tabloids. It featured sensational and melodramatic reports and illustrations of murders and hangings and was a direct descendant of the execution broadsheets of the 18th century.  First published in 1864 it was inspired by The Illustrated London News, which […]

It’s in the Daily Sketch

The Daily Sketch newspaper was launched in 1909 and ran until 11th May 1971.  I have a selected copy of Monday 6th Februry 1928 – well it’s actually a photocopy of a few tatty pages and has some interesting stories and attitudes of the time.  I’ve used one piece from page 7 regarding ‘Mr Churchill […]

They stopped a train

As I write this today it is 8th August 2015. Many people are waking up to England on the verge of regaining The Ashes. Others are welcoming the beginning of the soccer season. 52 years ago we were waking up to the news that a Royal Mail train from Glasgow and heading to Euston had […]

THE SOCIAL HISTORY BEHIND FAMILY HISTORY: CORONER’S RECORDS

Over the past 20 years or so I have been involved in researching my own family tree as well as leading many one-off and malti-session courses on family history research. A recent conversation with one of my past ‘customers’ has prompted me to post this very British story to the wider world:- Unfortunately, most of […]

All for Eleven pounds five shillings

In the middle of March 1899 Caroline Ansell died at Leavesden asylum in Hertfordshire and a post mortem concluded that her death had been caused by Phosphorous poisoning. The Ansell family lived near St Pancras in London. One daughter, Caroline, had been an inmate at Leavesden asylum. Their other daughter, Mary Ann, was employed as […]

Crime; a failed execution; Rural descriptions by a Vicar and a Rant by a Politician; the first Fatal Car Accident; 19th century disaster at sea; Trouble in Fleet Prision and, to close, the founder of the Methodists and ‘an end and a beginning

Monday 22nd February 1886: Over the years petty and personal crimes were recorded, often in some details, in the newspapers so I thought we’d take a little stroll through entries in this day’s papers. It is worth mentioning that £1 in 1886 would be worth around £100 now. The Hartlepool Mail reported: ‘Theft at Ryhope’ […]

Gypsys, arsenic, horse-theft and murder: the 4th January blog story exposed

The Blog for 4th January carried this piece from Thomas Moore’s edited: ‘Life, Letters, and Journals of Lord Byron’: ‘I was out of spirits – read the papers – thought what fame was, on reading, in a case of murder, that Mr Wych, grocer of Tunbridge, sold some bacon, flour, cheese, and, it is believed, […]