A Crime of Anonymity

19C map with Ellastone at its centre, about halfway between the towns of Cheadle to the west and Ashbourne to the east, and Alton about halfway between Ellastone and Cheadle.
Extract from the Criminal Register for Stafford Assizes on 11 July 1881, showing Thomas James Preece recorded as Not Guilty of the charge of feloniously sending writing threatening to murder. The rural nature of the community is reflected in some of the other charges of other defendants — two for bestiality, and one for assaulting a gamekeeper

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Barbara Rich

Barbara Rich

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English barrister & mediator — specialising in disputed succession & decision-making for people who lack mental capacity