Ex­plo­sive con­nec­tion

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I am writ­ing to you re­gard­ing the Reader Story in­cluded in the Au­gust is­sue of WDYTYA? Mag­a­zine con­cern­ing the Clerken­well Bomb­ing. Sarah Ann Hodgkin­son (née Pet­tifer), who is on Anita Horne’s tree, is also on my fam­ily tree.

I found the piece very in­ter­est­ing, and to find out that she had died as a re­sult of a bomb at­tack that led to the last pub­lic hang­ing, was all news to me.

This is a big piece of his­tory and I didn’t know about it un­til I read about it in the mag­a­zine – I was thrilled! Les­ley Batt, by email Editor replies: Thank you for your email, Les­ley. I’m glad you en­joyed the ar­ti­cle. Thank you also to Vic­tor Nutt who wrote in to point out that we had the date of the ex­plo­sion wrong. It hap­pened on 13 not 16 De­cem­ber 1867.

List of cred­i­tors

I was in­ter­ested to read Clare Ab­bot’s ques­tion in the Q& A sec­tion of the July is­sue where she asks how she can as­cer­tain to whom Robert Crich­ton owed money. Chris­tine Wib­ber­ley con­firms that this in­for­ma­tion will be dif­fi­cult to find, but per­haps my ex­pe­ri­ence will of­fer

The af­ter­math of the Clerken­well Bomb­ing on 13 De­cem­ber 1867

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