19th Century Barnsley Murders

Pen and Sword
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Discover the darker history of this South Yorkshire town with these true crime stories and photos.
 
This book takes you on a journey into England’s past, and into the gritty industrial town of Barnsley. With a variety of true-crime tales, it reveals not only the poverty and squalor in which many people of the time lived, but also the deep-rooted prejudices and double standards of the period.
 
The crimes covered include poaching in the local area, a serious poisoning of bread and butter pudding at an eating house, and the tragic story of a man who was poisoned for a joke. More sinister happenings include a case of body snatching, which brought the whole town of Barnsley to a state of complete panic, the distressing murder of a child, a brutal attack on an elderly lady, and a woman who was shot down in the street by her former marine boyfriend.
 
These macabre tales reveal a side of Barnsley that is not visible in the modern town of today. The intriguing narrative and in-depth coverage of Barnsley’s criminal past makes compelling reading for those interested in both British history and the darker side of human nature.
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About the author

Local historian Margaret Drinkall retired in 2009 in order to concentrate on her passion for researching and writing. Her recent books include Rotherham Workhouse and true crime titles relating to Sheffield and Rotherham. Background to Margaret's writings and interests can be seen on her website, margaretdrinkall.co.uk, which also offers publication advice to new writers.
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Publisher
Pen and Sword
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Published on
Jul 31, 2015
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9781473830158
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Great Britain / General
History / Modern / 19th Century
True Crime / Murder / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Short-listed for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize
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