Mabel broadbear

Mendip Hospital Cemetery In Memory of Mabel Broadbear (1876 – 1896) – Epileptic Mabel, daughter of Edward Broadbear, a butcher from Worle, Weston-super-Mare, and his wife Elizabeth, was admitted to the Wells Asylum on January 12th 1895, aged just 18 years. She had been subject to epilepsy for some years, her mother saying that she…

The ghost among us

Can You Spot the Ghost in This Old Black and White Photo? Once you do, you’ll be totally creeped out. In a recently emerged 19th-century photo, you just might spot something that will give you chills. At first glance, the photo, which was taken in 1900, just appears to show 15 women standing outside of…

Ghostly practice

Here is a bit of history from Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It’s a long read but its a good insight into the mindset of the people of that era. It was 10th January 1650, and a haggard old woman from Kirkthorpe, the little hamlet on the outskirts of the thriving market town of Wakefield, stood…

Please sir

The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged themselves behind him; the gruel was served out; and a long grace was said over the short commons. The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered each other, and winked at Oliver, while his…

Little jane

In a book by Jennifer Worth, Shadows Of The Workhouse, the former nurse and midwife recounts original written accounts and stories told to her by inmates of a workhouse in London’s East End. “Jane was a pretty little girl and taller than the other seven-year-olds, she was a bright little thing, full of mischief, who…

The Boys who ran away to New York.

The Boys who ran away to New York. In 1985 two boys from Darndale in Dublin, Keith Byrne (10) and Noel Murray (13), both made headlines around the world when they hopped on a Dart and ended up in New York escaping authorities in three countries. Keith Byrne said that he and his friend went…

Childhood pets

My college is running an amateur photography competition. Im by no means a photographer but i love taking pictures needless to say i entered. On my way home from work i seen a snail and decided i would photograph him and send that picture in. Its ironic thats the picture i sent because as a…

Its ok not to be ok

It’s okay to let out some steam. It’s okay to feel betrayed but don’t ever think that’s your fault. It’s okay not to feel appreciated because, oh well, that’s life. It’s okay to feel undermined because it happens. The world is a cruel place and we should have the same face to be safe. We…

Fill your cup

I love this analogy! You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? “Because someone bumped into me!!!” Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there…

Only 3 years in prison

On June 6, 1997, while driving to her senior prom, 18-year-old Melissa Drexler told her friends she was having stomach cramps. Twenty minutes upon arriving at the dance, Drexler went into labor and delivered a baby in a restroom stall. After retrieving the baby from the toilet bowl, she placed it in a plastic bag…