The small town of Isleworth in Middlesex was known for its aristocratic mansions and fruit gardens. In 1888 it was also home to a large factory run by the Pears soap company, one of a new breed of businesses in late Victorian Britain. Pears was an international giant, selling to… You must be a paid […]
Mary Ann Reynolds was by all accounts a kind and affectionate mother to her four children. However, shortly after her youngest, Frank, was born in around March 1888 her mental health appeared to rapidly deteriorate. Her sister, who attempted to persuade her to go to the doctor, described her as being “very strange in her […]
Mary Newman was 50 when she was stabbed to death by her partner in front of their 13-year-old daughter.
On the morning of 11 January, 1888, two-year-old Percy Ostler was being looked after by his heavily-pregnant mother, Louisa, and her sister Henrietta Brown, at their basement flat below a chemist’s shop at 55 Trafalgar Road in Greenwich, south London. At around 10.45am, Miss Brown decided to go out briefly… You must be a paid […]
Inquest hears Myrtella Williams would have been charged with murder of 69-year-old Chingford accountant if she had survived Brian was a remarkable and amazing person – happy go lucky, talented and hardworking. He never once complained about being disabled in a wheelchair. He was dealt a hard hand but turned… You must be a paid […]