The quaint town of Ashby De La Zouch offers many diversions to visitors but none as unorthodox as the 300 year old finger pillory in St. Helen’s Church. St. Helen’s church boasts the finest stained glass windows depicting the life of Christ in the Midlands. It is one of the most picturesque churches in the county.…… Continue reading St Helen’s Finger Pillory, Ashby De La Zouch
Yes, you did read that correctly. Before 1780, Leicester’s Mayor, once a year would drag a dead cat behind his horse. I am sure the first question you are thinking is why? That’s the question I was asking myself when I come across this sentence in an old history book based on our city. Unfortunately,…… Continue reading Leicester’s Mayor Used To Drag A Dead Cat Behind Him.
On a foggy night in Leicester, a safe-blower made an escape from Leicester’s Welford Road prison. The 31-year-old man who was serving seven years after being caught blowing a safe in Birstall, scaled over a 36-foot wall in a bid for freedom. Welford Road prison. The prison’s official name is HMP Leicester. It was built…… Continue reading The 36ft drop to freedom. Albert Hattersley escapes Welford Road Prison.
In 1973, Britella factory which was based in New Pringle Street in Leicester nearly had its workforce go on strike. The employees weren’t threatening this action due to pay or working rights, but due to a ghost. Known by the workforce as “Friendly Fred” The factory’s employees wanted the factory to take action on removing…… Continue reading Leicester Workers Threaten To Strike If Factory Doesn’t Exorcise Ghost.
In the previous “Green Bicycle Mystery” article, we looked at how the investigation was going cold. Bella’s body was released to be buried and the various police inquiries. It was now 1920 and a little bit of luck would open the case wide open again. Ronald Light destroys evidence. According to Ronald Light, he had…… Continue reading The Green Bicycle Mystery. Part Seven: A Stroke Of Luck.
In the previous “Green Bicycle Mystery” article, the young police constable PC Alfred Hall had a feeling that the body that was found in the small country road in Leicestershire was no accident. He kept revisiting the scene until he found any evidence to confirm his suspicions. After the third time examining the scene he…… Continue reading The Green Bicycle Mystery. Part Six: The Investigation.
In the previous “Green Bicycle Mystery” article, we explored farmer Joseph Cowell’s grim discovery. PC Hall arrives at the scene and carries out a quick examination of the scene. The body is moved as it is night time and Dr Williams concludes that Bella has maybe died from a seizure. PC Alfred Hall has a gut feeling…… Continue reading The Green Bicycle Mystery. Part Five: The Persistence of PC Alfred Hall
In the previous “Green Bicycle Mystery” article, we explored the life of Ronald Light. Throughout his early life wherever Ronald went, trouble seemed to follow. Ronald was the last person to be seen with Bella whilst she was alive. In this article, we will be exploring the crime scene and the events that unfolded after Bella Wright’s…… Continue reading The Green Bicycle Mystery. Part Four: Farmer Cowell’s Discovery
In the previous “Green Bicycle Mystery” article, we went through the events on Bella Wright’s last day alive. We also briefly looked into Ronald Light, who was the last person to be seen with Bella. Bella Wright leaves her uncles cottage on the evening of the 5th of July 1919 accompanied by a strange man (although by…… Continue reading The Green Bicycle Mystery. Part Three: Who was Ronald Light?
In the previous “Green Bicycle Mystery” article, we looked into the life of Bella Wright. A friendly young woman who is the oldest daughter of a farmhand. She relies heavily on her bicycle as she lives in the small village of Stoughton in Leicestershire. Bella has to commute over five miles to work and back…… Continue reading The Green Bicycle Mystery. Part Two: The Helpful Stranger