A cross coroner’s examination

A very useful witness who could not remember dates – Illustrated London News 16 December 1899: An amusing dialogue occurred at an inquest held in the Westminster Coroner’s Court, Horseferry Road, by Mr John Troutbeck. An elderly female witness was giving...

A warm day and too much gin

An Irish Tea Party! – Illustrated London News 14 May 1842: A brace of Irish ladies came before Mr. Hardwick with all the evidences upon them of having been recently engaged in pugilistic contest. The complainant in particular had her face so tatooed by the nails...

Who was the real victim here?

Oh, you naughty villain! – Morning Chronicler 24 July 1820: SURREY SESSIONS. – July 22. Bigamy. – Wm Thomas, a old decrepit man, who is so deformed that he has been from his birth unable either to dress or undress himself, having neither hands nor...

Aged donkey served rich and poor

 Longevity of the ass – Bury and Norwich Post 4 January 1854: A donkey has just died at Fornham All Saints, having attained to the venerable age of 70 years and upwards. It formerly belonged to the Cornwallis family, and was ridden by Lady Ann, after whom it was...

Long shot survivor

Battled on for 40 more years – Reading Mercury 01 July 1799: DIED – At Northam, aged 80, J.Padmore, who, at the battle of Minden, received a ball through his head. It is a little odd that the passing of an individual would be so casually recorded. Note...

James Tetley and Betty Stockdale’s wedding

Warren Nunn Many people tend to see genealogy as a boring, uninteresting pastime. Why spend time in the past looking at old records? Why not focus on the people around you and enjoy your family who are actually alive? In some ways you can understand where they are...