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Saville’s Spinney is Go! 2 Days to Launch ! – The Execution


Hello again Readers Almost there now, just over 48 hours! This blog will be about a very important scene in my book – the very public execution of a condemned man. Once again the three Nottingham newspapers were a wonderful … Continue reading

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Saville’s Spinney – The Prologue


Hi again Readers Well my book is nearly ready for publishing and will soon be uploaded to Amazon. Still a few loose ends but its currently at 58,000 words plus. My book cover  and a couple of illustrations are now … Continue reading

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John Darrell: The Fake Exorcist of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire


Born in Mansfield in 1562, Darrell came from a wealthy family and studied at Queens College Cambridge for his Bachelor of Arts. He left Cambridge  for London in 1582 and began to study law but soon returned to Mansfield to … Continue reading

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Saville’s Spinney Chapter 14 Aftermath


Sunday 18th August saw Minister William Lindwood return to his chapel at Mansfield to deliver, as promised, his highly popular sermon about the recent events in Nottingham. The venue, also known as the Old Meeting House was packed and again … Continue reading

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Saville’s Spinney Chapter 13 Investigations and Recriminations ( First Draft)


 As the new week started on Monday 12th August yet another Coroner’s Inquisition began. Shire Hall was busy once more with many witnesses called and their depositions recorded. A jury was sworn in and the Coroner sought an explanation for … Continue reading

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Saville’s Spinney Chapter 12 Is it time? Part 2/2 ( First Draft)


The Police Watch-House on Long Row was utilised as a temporary morgue. By nightfall it contained eight dead bodies, which had been moved from a warehouse on High Pavement where they were first taken. All the victims were either young … Continue reading

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Saville’s Spinney Chapter 12 Is it time? ( First Draft)


The street outside Shire Hall was completely full of people. Many had been waiting since dawn. A large group of women had taken a position in the nearby St Mary’s graveyard and had been there since the early hours; their … Continue reading

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