1908: Manchester – Judge in tears as he passes sentence.

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.

1841: The Atrocious Attempt at Murder at Ludlow – Did they get they right man?

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?

1877: Diphtheria Tragedy Wipes Out Ellesmere Family

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