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The Scotforth Murder in 1866
Researched by Linda Moorhouse
Illustrated by Ben & David Moorhouse
33 pages of A4 - 19,850 words
"I remember the night of Thursday the 11th January, 1866. The night the snow fell...."
- The Murder
- Elizabeth Nelson's headstone
- The Witnesses
- Miscellaneous Events
- Plan of the Locality
- Scotforth Murder walk starting at the Ruskin Library, Lancaster University
The Scotforth Murder portrays a vivid account of the murder of Elizabeth
Nelson, in Scotforth, during the winter of 1866. The events recorded yield
a fascinating insight into the daily lives of the people living in and
around Scotforth during that period. There is both sadness and humour
in the story, from Elizabeth’s widowed mother to the local bobby
who had the body washed before examination thereby shifting suspicion
The cost of this book is £3 and the size of the pdf document is 2473KB
EXAMPLE of book:
I live at Mr Whalley’s Farm at Burrow and am the horseman. I knew Elizabeth Nelson, the deceased. I last saw her
alive about a week before her death, at Richmond House.
I also saw her at Burrow at the latter end of harvest last year when I was with Thomas Wilkinson, who was driving a
cart. It was on a Saturday between three and four o’clock in the afternoon. The deceased came up with us as we
were standing at the Jerry Shop at the Pointer. She said she did not know the way to Burrow, having only been
there once before with Mrs Wilson. She got into the cart and rode with us to Mrs Wilson’s at Burrow Beck Farm
where Thomas Wilkinson lives. I then walked with her from Mrs Wilson’s to my cottage, which is just past Mr
Welch’s and then she went forward alone. I have never seen her there at any other time. It was in the afternoon in
broad summer time.
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