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I find many ‘Dead Ends’ during my research. Mere mentions of a body snatching attempt that quite often leads to nothing. I share them because otherwise they will be forgotten. They are intended to be just that, mere snippets of the past.

The Bone House…

The Morning Chronicle: 21 January 1831

On Sunday evening, as two men were driving at a furious rate through Woolwich in a one-horse cart, the wheel came in contact with a post and overturned them.

On several persons going to their assistance, the men scampered off, leaving the cart and horse behind them.

On searching a sack the dead body of a man was discovered, which proved to be the one that was placed in the bone-house preparatory to a Coroner’s Inquest, the individual having been drowned.

The horse and cart still remain unclaimed. 

I've been researching the macabre world of body snatching since 2005 when I looked at the topic in depth for my Under Grad dissertation. Since then, I've been absolutely fascinated by this often forgotten side of Britain's history.
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