October, 2021

23oct2:30 pm3:20 pmJustice and Eliza Fenning2:30 pm - 3:20 pm St George's GardensEvent Type :Talks, Walks & Tours


(Saturday) 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Event Details

This is the third event in a series run for the Festival by the Friends of St George’s Gardens about people buried in the Gardens. Eliza Fenning was a cook, aged 20, accused of attempting to poison her employers with arsenic. She was sentenced to death. There was a public outcry about the verdict which was based entirely on circumstantial evidence. Thousands were in her funeral procession after she was hanged at Newgate Prison.

A book was written and published in the same year to expose the flaws in the trial, by William Hone (1780-1842) who has been called the father of investigative journalism. This presentation will be largely based on Hone’s research, but with themes that can still resonate today – fake news, press distortion, processes that favour the privileged and disadvantage the poor.

Tickets: £8 (£6)

Justice and Eliza Fenning
Justice and Eliza Fenning

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