Tagged with missing person

Georgian Care for Mentally Ill

Before mental health services were established, it is generally assumed that people suffering mental illness were locked away as with Mrs Rochester, or put on display to e mocked at Bedlam. But in small communities, matters could be dealt with on a local level. There was a wider range of employment than today; everyone could … Continue reading

The Old Bailey and Elizabeth Canning

This is from the book London 1753 by Sheila O’Connell: “The case of Elizabeth Canning was the cause celebre of 1753. On 1 January, Canning, an 18 year old scullery maid living in Aldermanbury postern, disappeared on the way home from visiting relations in the East End. A month later she turned up at her … Continue reading