In the late 19th century the postal service was in the middle of a boom period and was making more than £3m a year net profit. ore than 100,000 people worked for the Post Office collecting, sorting and delivering 70 items of mail per person per year – after all,… You must be a paid […]
On the night of Saturday 30 June 1888, William Walker, a 24 year-old labourer, and Robert Hodges, a 37 year-old ‘hawker’ or street seller, had been having a drink together in the Cooper’s Arms at 16 Sun Street, Finsbury, just outside the City of London. Walker owed Hodges a shilling… You must be a paid […]
Georgi Markov was poisoned on Waterloo Bridge in 1978 by an assassin who may have been working for the KGB. The 49-year-old Bulgarian writer and journalist had defected from his communist homeland in 1969 and had started a new life in London working for the BBC World Service. On 7 September 1978 he was waiting […]
The name of Dr Crippen still resonates more than a century after the murder of his wife Cora and his flight from justice in 1910 became an international sensation.
Ruth Ellis was a 28-year-old mother-of-two when she became the last woman to be executed in the UK. She was hanged at Holloway Prison in north London – despite protests, petitions and a crowd of 500 people chanting outside – on 13 July 1955. Her death sentence, and the outcry… You must be a paid […]