Curious posts for curious people

Newgate prison

Posted by Tamsin Wilde on

Due to lockdown, I ended up doing some digging into my family history, as there is literally nothing else to do at the moment. There’s the usual family fun – pig farming, illegal gambling parlours, hookers and gin – a heritage to be proud of. Anyway, heading back to 1776 I discovered my 4x great grandmother, Sarah Edwards. At age 27 in 1803 she had at some point travelled from the green, rolling hills of Shropshire to travel to London… Where she managed to end up banged up in Newgate prison. I manged to locate a copy of the “Middlesex...

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Highgate cemetery

Posted by Tamsin Wilde on

With the West cemetery of Highgate now being open to tourists for 'free range' visits, I thought I'd share some images I took of this beautiful place a few years ago. Highgate cemetery was established in 1839 and is considered one of the 'magnificent 7' cemeteries situated in London, created during the Victorian era to cope with the increasing numbers of the dead, with Highgate being the final resting place of the rich and famous. The west cemetery is famed for its the impressive architectural features including the Chapel, Colonnade, Egyptian Avenue, Circle of Lebanon, Terrace Catacombs and the mausoleum...

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The Brompton Time Machine

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The Brompton Time Machine

Located in Brompton cemetery in London lies the supposed tomb of Hannah Courtoy, given the nickname "the Brompton time machine". The cemetery itself is another of the "magnificent 7" created in the 19th century along with Highgate cemetery (there's a recent post about Highgate if you're interested). The cemetery has been frequent used in film and TV, including Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch. It features some stunning architecture, classical colonnades and underground catacombs full of ornate Victorian coffins in various states of disrepair. The most famous grave, mentioned above is the Courtoy Mausoleum. The legends surrounding the tomb perfectly marry together...

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Nagaland and it's headhunters

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Nagaland and it's headhunters

Nagaland is an Indian state known for being mainly mountainous, located in the far north-east of the country, and makes up part of India’s border with Myanmar. With its largest city being Dimapur, and state capital of Kohima, Nagaland is home to a population of nearly 2 million people. Nagaland is known as one of India’s “Seven Sister States” due to the distinct cultural differences from the rest of India. The area is around one sixth rainforest, and home to Elephants, Tigers (wild, not kept by Joe Exotic), Leopards, Bears, Monkeys, Buffalo – Nagaland has them all. The longtail feathers...

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Mummified Cats

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Mummified Cats

Across European cultures, and later stretching over into north America, within many old houses, dating from the Medieval era right up until the 20th century “dried” or “mummified” cats have been unearthed within walls, bricked into chimneys, under floorboards and even over doors and lintels. Often, they’re discovered deliberately posed as if in the midst of attack. These felines ended up within these walls placed by people believing them to protect the household and it’s inhabitants from a range of supernatural, psychic and occult threats as well as sometimes being placed in there for more positive reasons like aiding fertility....

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