Sheffield's Shocking Past by Chris Hobbs & Matthew Bell

Forgotten Tales of Murder, Mishap & Gruesome Misdemeanour

Sheffield's Shocking Past by Chris Hobbs & Matthew Bell

Forgotten Tales of Murder, Mishap & Gruesome Misdemeanour

The Sheffield Flood of 1864, the single greatest man-made disaster in Victorian England, is well chronicled but scores of arguably more shocking episodes have lain largely undiscovered for decades, until now...
Multiple murders; child murderers; a burning boy running half a mile before his agonising death; strange deaths; untimely deaths; deaths by starvation; hideous accidents; a romantic double suicide and a factory explosion killing all in its wake. It all happened in Victorian Sheffield.
Justice was swift, unwieldy and brutal - Sheffield even had the dubious honour of being home to Thomas Williams, the first man to be hanged during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Not all crimes were solved; the murder of Boden Lane's “Bearded Lady”, for example, has remained a mystery to this day.
Drink, sadly, played a large part in many of these hideous tragedies - what else would encourage the bizarre Victorian 'prank' of pulling a (petrified) pet cat across Attercliffe canal on the end of rope in a bid to win more beer? In this case the animal escaped and the perpetrator drowned! Sheffield's Shocking Past is based on extensive research by life-long Sheffielder Chris Hobbs, ably assisted by author Matthew Bell, who provide an amazing insight into the more gruesome and grizzly episodes of Victorian Sheffield.

Copies of Sheffield's Shocking Past can be ordered by clicking on this link to the publishers

The Sheffield Star newspaper printed an article featuring this website and the book on Monday 2nd April 2012

The Sheffield Telegraph newspaper printed an article featuring this website and the book on Thursday 10th May 2012

A Book-Signing Event at Waterstones, Sheffield Saturday 7th July 2012

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