A charming museum https://www.teddybearmuseum.co.uk/
Thursday, 30 April 2020
Monday, 27 April 2020
In 1216 King John of England made a woman named Nichola (Nicola) de la Haye sheriff of Lincolnshire. Nicola was a female landowner. For more than 40 years she was also constable (person in charge of) Lincoln Cathedral. She defended the castle against a siege in 1191. She sounds like a formidable woman.
Posted by localhistories at 00:07
Sunday, 26 April 2020
In 1928-29 three people were poisoned with arsenic in the south London suburb of Croydon. On the evening of 26 April, 1928 after a meal 59 year old Edmund Duff fell ill and he died the next day 27 April. His death was, at first, attributed to natural causes. Then on 14 February 1929, Edmund Duff's sister-in-law Valerie Sidney fell ill. She died on 16 February 1929. The last victim was Violet Sidney, Valerie's mother. She fell ill and died on 5 March 1929.
Violet Sidney was buried but soon people became suspicious and her body and that of her daughter Valerie were exhumed on 22 March 1929. Both contained arsenic. The body of Edmund Duff was later exhumed and was also found to contain arsenic. The police investigated but nobody was ever charged.
The case is still a mystery but it shows that as late as the 1920s if you poisoned someone there was a good chance the death would be attributed to natural causes. It makes you wonder how many people got away with poisoning unwanted relatives.
Saturday, 25 April 2020
On 25 April 1792 Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person in France to be guillotined. But beheading devices were used in other parts of Europe much earlier. A beheading device was recorded in Dublin in 1307. http://www.localhistories.org/pun.html
Posted by localhistories at 02:34