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Death By Witchcraft or Rabies?

This comes from John Latimer’s Annals of Bristol of 1743, citing the Gloucester Journal. It is interesting it seems not to have been reported locally – many such incidents were not reported to prevent copy catting or local disturbances, while rival towns often reported them to show such matters were not happening on their watches.  … Continue reading

Devon Shipwreck Preserved

Devon Shipwreck Preserved

This is from the i paper of 15 August: The remains of a wooden cargo ship wrecked off Devon while plying the trade route that kept Georgian dinner tables laden with port 250 years ago have been given protected status. The timbers of the vessel have been regularly exposed on the sands near Westward Ho! … Continue reading

Sham Execution

This is an event from Bristol in October 1780, an incredibly well organised protest against senior naval officers, and unusual for its lack of violence and drunkenness which the city was so famous for: Thursday afternoon at a stigma on some commanders who have not deserved the high encomiums justly due tot the Lord Cornwallis, … Continue reading

Rough Justice

Justice often showed little justice. This is truly horrific.  It is also a reminder of The Black Act, whereby property was deemed of more value than human life or injury to humans. This is from John Latimer’s Annals of Bristol for 1755 The Bristol Journal of July 19th records that a soldier, convicted of stealing … Continue reading

Civic Expenses

Bristol Corporation was infamous for spending money on celebrations, and its croneyism. When Manchester debated whether to elect its own MPs they gave corruption in Bristol as a reason not to. This is from Latimer’s Annals of Bristol for 1743: The mind of the Corporation was much exercised about this it by the attempt of … Continue reading

A Terrible Murder

Eighteenth century Bristol had a reputation for punitive punishments, especially against people with unusual lifestyles, such as gays. But here’s one where it’s hard to feel sympathy for the criminals. This is from John Latimer’s Annals of Bristol for 1743: “On the night of 27 October 1743 a order which created great local excitement was … Continue reading