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Devonport Graffiti, 1993

Contender for the oldest tag in Plymouth and Devonport?

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Jacob Sallis of Littleport, Felo de Se, 1806

Until the passing of the Suicide Act 1961, Suicide was still a criminal offence in England and until 1882 suicides had to be buried on unconsecrated ground. In the seventeenth and eighteen century, those declared to have commited felo de se (the archaic term for suicide) were given a shameful burial, usually under cover of darkness with a stake driven through the body, and forfeited their estate to The Crown.

In 1806, the Oxford Journal reported the burial of Jacob Sallis of Littleport in an unmarked grave beside the Littleport to Ely road (known to locals as the Gil Gals).

From the Oxford Journal – Saturday 23 August 1806

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The Littleport Murder – Sarah Potts, 1863

From Cambridge Independent Press, Saturday 23 March 1863

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Destroyed Earthworks

Trying to identify the location of this mid-Victorian photograph, inscribed on the reverse:

“A very old amateur plate taken before old Latham destroyed ancient earthworks. A valuable picture found by chance amongst some old plates”

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Sidmouth Toll Gate, 1820

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Face from a Littleport Pub, Early 1800s

Whilst doing a bit of local history research today, I came across this newspaper clipping from the Ely Standard, dated 13th April 1972, and describing a mysterious face and message painted on the wall of the Black Bull pub in Littleport and which had come to light during demolition.

The news story goes on to describe how a local collector had salvaged the face and had temporarily added it to his collection of Bygones.

The inscription beneath the face reads “No Trust To Day Pay The Fiddler and Play Up My Lad” and is believed to refer to customer credit in the early 1800s, when the demolished room was thought to be a clubhouse.

Little more is known, and a cursory web search hasn’t revealed any further information. Does anyone know what happened to this salvaged face after it was rescued by Mr Elliot Kerridge?

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