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The disrupted funeral of Richard Russell

The rowdy and disorderly funeral of Richard Russell in 1784. Russell was a local magistrate whose funeral was disrupted by the noise and behaviour of a large, enthusiastic crowd.

A grand funerary journey.

Describing a grand funeral conducted by the Company of Upholders – including the room where the dead man rested at Exeter Change and the organisation of his long journey back home for burial.

Barnard Feay – coffin maker, undertaker and carpenter

The undertaker and coffin maker Barnard Feay lived and worked nearby. His premises are long gone but what remains of his business?

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Women of Newgate Prison

Described as a “den of beasts”, Newgate’s women were often victims of circumstance who went on to make new lives after being transported to the colonies.