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Coal pickers, Wimblebury

Following the Great War (1914-18) the British government returned the coal mines to private ownership on 31 March 1921 having taken direct control of the mines in 1916. The mine owners demanded that miners' ...

County Road, Stafford

View from outside the entrance of HMP Stafford on Gaol Road, along County Road towards Foregate Street. The road in the immediate foreground was the site of the hanging of Dr William Palmer (the 'Rugeley ...

Dr Wiilam Palmer's Instument Case

This medical instrument case once belonged to Dr. William Palmer, born in Rugeley on 6th August 1824, who was hanged at Stafford 14th June 1856. Christened by the Newspapers as "The Rugeley Poisoner" ...

Dr William Palmer's House, Rugeley

William Palmer was hanged for the murder of John Parsons Cooke in 1856 and this was his home at the time. It was rented from the Earls of Lichfield. The murder took place in the Talbot Hotel, directly ...

Forebridge Lock-up, Stafford

The lock-up on Lichfield Road dates from the early eighteenth century. It was built from stone taken from the medieval St. John's Hospital and Chapel which once stood on this site. Lock-ups were used ...

Funeral of Mrs Mary Weir and her daughter Margaret Weir in Kidsgrove

Widow, Mrs Mary Weir, her four year old daughter and their seventeen year old maid Ellen Hambleton were murdered by Karl Karmer during a robbery on 2 October 1911. Kramer was tried at Stafford Assizes ...

Great Wyrley Outrage

This black and white postcard shows two horses killed in the nationally infamous Wyrley Outrages of 1903-15. The two mares belonging to Captain Harrison of Harrison's Colliery were attacked in August ...

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