Monthly Archives: June 2015

James Hackman and Martha Reay: History as Soap-Opera

Part 3: Aftermath of Murder THIS FINAL EPISODE OF THE TALE OF MATHA REAY’S MURDER shows how the burgeoning Romantic movement, working with the gutter press of the day, transformed the story of Martha’s murder into a perfect soap-opera of … Continue reading

Posted in C18th Norfolk, Crime, Georgian Society

James Hackman and the Church

Part 2: How James Hackman became Rector of Wiveton THE TALE OF THE MURDER OF MARTHA REAY by Rev. James Hackman, Rector of Wiveton in Norfolk, is a rich source of information about the England 0f 1779, beginning with the matter of how a … Continue reading

Posted in C18th Norfolk, Crime, Georgian Society

The Rev. James Hackman and the Murder of Martha Reay

Part 1: The Events themselves APRIL 7TH, 1779, SEEMED MUCH LIKE ANY OTHER DAY to the crowds around the Covent Garden Theatre in London. That evening’s performance had been a popular comic opera of the time, called “Love in a … Continue reading

Posted in C18th Norfolk, Crime

The Oddball Life and Career of Dr. Sylas Neville

Almost all we know of Dr. Sylas Neville comes from the fragment of his diary that covers 1767 to 1788. I say fragment, because the surviving manuscript begins abruptly on January 26th, 1767, and he lived long after the date … Continue reading

Posted in Medicine & Science, Norfolk Eccentrics