In May 1817, Mary Ashford walked with her friend Hannah Cox to attend a dance at the Tyburn House, a popular place in the locality of Erdington, England. She danced, laughed, and flirted the night away—but by sunrise, she was found dead.
Mary Prince: Author, Abolitionist, and Former Slave
Mary Prince was born into slavery in Bermuda. After passing through several slaveowners in the Caribbean, she was taken to England, where she shortly after left her master. She became an abolitionist and autobiographer, her written account being one of the few from women of African descent in the British colonies when slavery was legal.
Ignatius Sancho: Abolitionist, Author, Composer, and First Black Briton to Vote
Ignatius Sancho was an abolitionist, author, composer, and the first Black Breton to cast his vote. Read on for more of his interesting history.
Thomas Griffiths Wainewright: Artist, Author, and Suspected Poisoner
Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847) was a man of many professions. In his day, he was a renown artist, known author, and suspected poisoner.
The Bloody Code: 20 Crimes That Absurdly Led To The Death Penalty in Georgian & Regency England
In 1723, England introduced a criminal system that is called “The Bloody Code” by today’s historians. Although the name is not contemporary to the time, it captures the severity of the list of 220 offenses attached to capital punishment in Georgian & Regency England.