Category: JJ

Grim Reaper

Harry Meadows was a resident of the Haslemere Home for the Elderly in Great Yarmouth when, in 1961 and aged 87, he decided to dress up as the Grim Reaper. With scythe in hand, Harry looked through a window at his fellow residents – three of whom promptly died, presumably from existing heart problems or […]

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English witches

Mother Dickenson lived in the 17th Century and was tried as a witch and found guilty. She was burnt at the stake for, amongst other things, indulging in obscene rituals and transforming herself into a horse before riding off with young men. Whether the young men in question were willing participants or not is not […]

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HELL-FIRE AND MONKEY BUSINESS

Sir Francis Dashwood (1708-81) is probably most famous for establishing the Hell-Fire Club, which, allegedly, counted among its members John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. At one meeting a prayer was said to the Devil, at which another member, John Wilkes, released a baboon which he had dressed as Satan himself complete with red clothing […]

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Did you know- Part 3?

The tenth Duke of Marlborough, while staying with his daughter in the 1920s, was perplexed to find he was unable to brush his teeth – his toothbrush wouldn’t foam. The Duke was staying in a house too small to accommodate his servants, including his valet who would prepare his toothbrush with toothpaste. The Duke was […]

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