History of Saffron Walden

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Saffron Walden Snippets

When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here are some for Saffron Walden on a murder and an alcoholic drowning.

Scotsman 26 August 1875

Fatal outrage at Saffron Walden.

A fatal outrage occurred at Saffron Walden on Tuesday. The principal actors in the affair are three women named Rhoada Taylor and Anne Whisken (mother and daughter), and a Mrs. Haggers, all residing in Castle Street, a quarter of the town rather nototrious for questionable characters.

Taylor and her husband keep a low beer-house called Black Horse, and Whisken (the daughter) with her husband and four children reside with them.

Mrs Haggers lives in a square opposite the Black Horse, and yesterday morning her son, Robert Haggers, was sent for some beer, and instead of going, as usual, to Taylor's for it, he went to the Lion opposite. This so enraged Mrs Wisken and her mother that she threatened to smash the bottle containing the beer. A row ensued, and Mrs Haggers went to her son's assistance, whereupon she was seized by the hair of the head, and she retorted by getting held by Mrs Whisken's hair.

Mrs Haggers was a poor, weakly-looking woman, whilst Mrs Whisken and her mother are big, raw-boned, muscular woman. Mrs Taylor, seeing that her daughter's efforts were being frustrated, joined in the mêlée, and exclaiming, "If you can't break the bottle, break his head," picked up a large stone which her daughter had dropped, seized Mrs Haggers by the throat, and struck her a most violent blow under the ear.

The poor woman shrieked "Oh dear," and fell back to the ground. Dr Freed, who was passing close by, came up and pronounced her dead. The two women, Taylor and Whisken, were at once arrested.


Essex Herald 9 March 1895

Singular death of a brewer.

William Henry Day, brewer, Saffron Walden, was found dead in a beer vat at the Castlke Brewery early yesterday morning. Mr Day was the owner of the castle Brewery, and is supposed to have jumped into the vat

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