My great grandmother Polly Smith worked as a domestic servant for Nicholas Gosselin aka ‘The Gosling’ — head of the Irish Special Branch.
Millicent Gifford left a mining family in the Forest of Dean to work as a cook for a singer, composer and organiser of grand Elizabethan style pageants.
In 1867 Richard Talmer was charged with an ‘unnatural crime’ along with fellow workhouse inmate William Jennings.
‘Wilfully murdered by his mother’: In 1851 Fanny Talmer was accused of murdering her nine week old son Henry in Amersham workhouse.
In the 19th century, numerous women were injured and killed when their dresses caught fire, like my ancestor Eliza Maultby.
A look at the dangers that fire presented to 19th century women, such as my ancestor Anne Benwell, whose dress caught fire in 1818.
Alfred Munday led Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s orchid collection for 36 years.
The life and career of George Read (1832-1919), a Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police Thames Division
Did Harriet Horlock have a royal baby? And did her daughter Violet become a silent movie star? I turn detective, and look for the truth behind our family stories.
Meet James Benwell, gardener in the Oxford Botanic Garden for nearly 40 years. Uneducated, an expert on Oxfordshire plants, legendary leach-finder, and celebrated hollerer.