The 100th anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act is coming up (6th February). The act marked a first major victory in the fight for women to get the vote. Although it only granted women over 30, and who owned land, the right to cast a vote, it would soon lead to universal… Read More 1868: Woman fined for attempting to vote
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Wednesday 08 July 1908 The pronouncement of the death sentence yesterday afternoon ended one of the most painful trials that has ever taken place at the Manchester Assizes. The prisoner was Fred Ballington, a butcher, aged forty-one, of Glossop, who was charged with the wilful murder of his… Read More 1908: Manchester – Judge in tears as he passes sentence.
Acid attacks have been in the news a lot lately and appear to have been on the increase. But it’s nothing new as this story from Liverpool 1896 demonstrates. On Tuesday night 10th November postman Arthur Cowley is at his home, 21 Primrose Street, off Stanley Road. There’s a knock at the door and he… Read More 1896: Acid Attack “Young Woman’s Revenge”
The Angel Inn It’s 1841 and Josiah Mister is on trial in Shrewsbury for attempted murder – committed at the Angel Inn in Ludlow. The victim was William Mackreth, a trader from Bristol who was in the town for the summer fair. In the early hours of the morning, he was brutally attacked by someone who’d… Read More 1841: The Atrocious Attempt at Murder at Ludlow – Did they get they right man?
John and Harriett Lawrence were originally from Staffordshire but moved to Ellesmere in the 1870s. John took over the running of the Bridgwater Hotel on High Street. They had 6 children: Annie Jane Lawrence aged 12. John R Lawrence aged 11. Fanny Lawrence aged 8. Twins boys Wheally Lawrence and Walter Lawrence aged 7. Gertrude… Read More 1877: Diphtheria Tragedy Wipes Out Ellesmere Family