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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.

Killed by hearse horses.

The unfortunate tale of William Quarray who was killed by a hearse horse.

An illegal funeral souvenir.

Funeral spectators were expected to be mournful and well behaved – Jenkin Evans had other ideas.

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The site of Coventry Hall

A single cedar tree is the only reminder of the demolished seat of the Dukes of Bedford and the Earl of Coventry, later Britain’s only Anglican convent.