Tag: Victorian Crime

  • The Shocking Murder of Elizabeth Ann Holt (1890)

    The Shocking Murder of Elizabeth Ann Holt (1890)

    On the morning of Monday, November 10th 1890, 21-year old Elizabeth Holt had left her home in Dunscar to make her usual trek over to the school she was employed at in Belmont, which was roughly three miles away. But this would be the last time she would ever make…

  • THE BLACKPOOL RIPPER : The life of Henry Bertram Starr (1903) | Blackpool

    THE BLACKPOOL RIPPER : The life of Henry Bertram Starr (1903) | Blackpool

    On the morning of Tuesday, 29th December 1903, a notice was posted outside of Walton gaol prison; “I, Arthur Price, surgeon of his Majesty’s prison of Liverpool, hearby certify that I this day examined the body of Henry Bertram Starr, on whom judgement of death was passed, and that on…

  • THE TRAGIC CASE OF THOMAS MATTHEWS (1893) | Manchester

    THE TRAGIC CASE OF THOMAS MATTHEWS (1893) | Manchester

    As the sun rose over the City, the lush green landscape would reveal its secrets that lead to many a person frequenting the meadow that at times became their home-from-home. The chorus of pleasant sounding birds, the sound of the slow running river that contained a plethora of wildlife from…

  • THE DOUBLE MURDER AT MARR CROFTS (1825) | Birtle

    THE DOUBLE MURDER AT MARR CROFTS (1825) | Birtle

    Situated between the town of Bury and the village of Norden lies the small hamlet of Birtle, nestled away in the North West of England.  Dotted along the rolling fields are many farm buildings and small businesses that have been passed down through many generations, and it’s within this setting…

  • THE SAD AFFAIR OF ELIZABETH SPENCER (1885) | Carlisle

    THE SAD AFFAIR OF ELIZABETH SPENCER (1885) | Carlisle

    Today, we seemingly take many things for granted, never giving a thought to what our ancestors went through over a hundred years ago.  Going to and from work using our cars as well as other means of transport, to carrying out our daily duties within our workplaces which is reminiscent…

  • THE TRAGIC TALE OF EMILY HOLLAND (1876) | True Crime – S1 E1

    THE TRAGIC TALE OF EMILY HOLLAND (1876) | True Crime – S1 E1

    *This article has been updated and re-uploaded. It was originally added to our site on the 25th July 2020 and was the very first episode to have appeared here. In today’s story, we are traveling back to Tuesday, the 20th of March, 1876, until the industrial town of Blackburn in…

  • THE SHOCKING NEGLECT OF ELLEN O’ TOOLE (1900) | Padiham

    THE SHOCKING NEGLECT OF ELLEN O’ TOOLE (1900) | Padiham

    Towards the latter end of the Victorian era, most people were beginning to benefit from cheaper – imported foods, cleaner water, better sanitization, more diversity when it came to entertainment – such as music halls, libraries, museums and art galleries. Working conditions had become much better with shorter working hours…

  • THE TRAGIC DEMISE OF ALICE BEETHAM (1912) | Blackburn

    THE TRAGIC DEMISE OF ALICE BEETHAM (1912) | Blackburn

    Today’s story has been recommended to me by Eddie Beetham, a direct descendant of Miss Alice Beetham with whom this next story is all about. Shortly after 8am on Tuesday, July 23rd 1912 – the sound of the tolling bell from inside Stangeways Gaol closed the final chapter of a…

  • THE UNHINGED MIND OF WILLIAM MARSDEN (1895) | Padiham

    THE UNHINGED MIND OF WILLIAM MARSDEN (1895) | Padiham

    Just before 6.30am on Sunday, 29th September 1895, the residents of Shakespeare Street in Padiham were awoken from their early morning slumber by the shouts of “murder!” coming from somewhere on the back streets. Inside number 24, 41 year old Mary Ann Marsden was making her way down from her…

  • THE DARK HOLE CLOUGH BABY (1893) | Manchester

    THE DARK HOLE CLOUGH BABY (1893) | Manchester

    “The Burnley Sensation” as it was now becoming known had caused a great stir not only in Burnley but also that of Manchester and not even the hustle and bustle of daily life could conceal the fact that something of unusual importance was about to take place, and on Friday…

  • THE MELANCHOLY OF ALICE ANN FARRAR (1894) | Accrington

    THE MELANCHOLY OF ALICE ANN FARRAR (1894) | Accrington

    Accrington during the mid-to-late 1800’s had managed to find itself immune from murder whilst all around them in places such as Haslingden, Blackburn and Burnley had  for some strange reason found themselves to be hotbeds for crimes that many seemed beyond comprehension. And whilst a serious crime that had resulted…

  • THE DARK HOLE CLOUGH BABY (1893) | Manchester

    THE DARK HOLE CLOUGH BABY (1893) | Manchester

    On Sunday, 6th August 1893, three brothers who resided in Blackley, a small suburb of Manchester that has historically been classed as being in Lancashire, set off from their homes to pick blackberries from nearby Crab Lane.  Their trip however was cut short when a sudden shower caused them to…