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A Fierce Argument over the Burial of a Suicide

In 1849, the reverend of Cottenham, and the Cambridgeshire coroner, had a fierce argument about whether a man of the parish could be given a proper Christian burial. Why? Because he had taken his own life. Learn about beliefs surrounding the burial of suicides in Victorian England.

Did Novel-Reading Cause Suicides?

In 1839, Charles William Bond died on this street. At the inquest into his death, it was suggested that novel-reading had contributed to his suicidal feelings. Learn about how contemporaries could interpret and rationalise suicidal behaviour.

A Student’s Struggles with Suicide in Victorian Cambridge

In 1849, Clare College (then Clare Hall) was rocked by a great tragedy. One of its student’s, Edward Hayman, had taken his own life. Learn of Edward’s story, and of his struggles with ‘religious melancholy’.

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Selling a Duchess in Eighteenth-Century Whitehall

In 1786, the bon ton flocked to Privy Gardens in Whitehall to attend a vast auction of curiosities, art works and antiquities owned by the deceased Duchess of Portland