1890: Hot Air Balloon Death

Horrible Balloon accident. Wellington Journal – Saturday 06 September 1890: “A telegram from Woodfield [Woodsfield], Ohio says:- Ten thousand people were present on Friday at the county fair, when a hot-air balloon ascent took place. The balloon was inflated over a furnace, and as it shot upward the spectators were horrified to see that a…

1895: Barman Ravaged by Eczema

Skin condition proves too much for Shrewsbury barman. James Lewis, 32, worked as a barman at his brother's pub, the Swan Inn at Castle Gates Shrewsbury. He'd battled with eczema for many years but in August 1895 it was particularly bad and he complained to his brother Samuel, who he also lived with, that "it made…

1862: Assault on Acrobat and a Newspaper’s Victorian Response

A newspaper's less than sympathetic (racist) take, on an attack on a circus worker at Bridgnorth. Sanger's Circus was probably Britain's most famous circus during the Victorian Period. Set up by Englishman 'Lord' George Sanger in 1854 with his brother John, they toured the UK and Europe for years. George built a reputation for flair and…

1883: Tough Times for Victorian Prostitute

"CANNOT MEND - Mary Roberts, alias “Zulu,” was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Mardol [Shrewsbury], on Saturday night. Police-constable Lloyd proved the case, it appearing that he found the prisoner drunk and shouting that she wanted her shilling. She was drunk and very violent, and on the way to the Police Station lay down,…