Author Archives: misssamperrin

About misssamperrin

Long standing cemetery tour guide, lover of all things Victoriana (especially mourning customs, social history and quirky characters), The Ruts, All Hallows Eve and dogs.

Do Animals Mourn Us?

By Sam Right, dear reader, prepare yourself for a beast of a post (pun most certainly intended). For some people, losing a pet can be as devastating as losing a human member of the family. Londoners lacking gardens could lay … Continue reading

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The Queen of Fire 

by Sam Frederick Garibaldi Rogers broke down as he presented evidence at the inquest into the death of his estranged wife, Minnie Kate. Once so in love, Frederick would have done anything for her before she’d descended into alcohol and … Continue reading

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Soul Cakes

by SamFollowing our “All Hallows Eve by Lamplight” tours of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park on Saturday evening, we’ve had a couple of requests for the Soul Cakes that we gave out during the tour.  Knocking on doors for soul cakes was the precursor … Continue reading

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Hilda & Gilbert: Tales from two Streatham Cemeteries

Egg-on-face update:   So, since posting this blog last year, I’ve discovered the sources I’d originally relied on when researching Hilda Wilson (the World’s Fattest Woman in 1936) were incorrect.  It was widely reported in newspapers at the time that she … Continue reading

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