Some history of Worcester
Worcester is an ancient Cathedral City and the capital of Worcestershire. In 1621 James I made it a county in its own right, independent of the county of Worcestershire, and by it steadfast loyalty to the King during the Civil War, it earned the title of "The Faithful City." The town is situated upon both banks of the river Severn, principally upon the eastern side which is much steeper. This was to avoid the menace of flooding. Indeed, even today the western bank is renowned for its spectacular floods every winter. Camera teams flock to film the cricket ground half-submerged in water.
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"The excitement caused by the murder of Elizabeth Hull, on Sunday last, is rapidly subsiding. The evidence, twice given - once before
Magistrates and once before the Coroner's Jury - seems to have satisfied the mind of the public as to the guilt of the prisoner. The brutal fellow maintains a
strict silence, and has not referred to the crime with which he is charged, except when cautioned and called upon either to plead or not, by the Magistrates before
whom the case was heard. He then admitted, with a revolting nonchalance, that although he did not hit her with the shovel, he struck her several times as hard
as he could with his fists. His sang-froid was, however, somewhat cooled when the decision of the Magistrates was made known to him. We are informed that
the manner in which Ford and the deceased passed their life of cohabitation singularly unhappy. Brought up as a nail maker, he appears to have abandoned his trade some
time since, and given himself up to bad habits, bad companions; and besides the ill-treatment of the deceased, his behaviour made him a well-known and frequent
visitor to the police dock. The woman seems to have been thoroughly in fear of him. Naturally a hard-working, industrious, thrifty woman, she has for years been
employed by many of the most respectable families in the city. But, even whilst she was so engaged, Ford would frequently go to places where she was working, fetch her
home, and ill-use her. On the Thursday before her death, he, while in a drunken state, took her from her work, and so ill-used her that by stealth she got her
bonnet and shawl and ran out of the house. Her friends were, and have been for years, importunate in their entreaties for her to leave him, but, to use the words of one
them, "She seemed to worship the very ground he trod on," and nothing could induce her to follow the advice of her friends and leave him for more human and natural
society. Indeed, it is said, that she was actuated to this by a feeling other than that love for her brutal paramour, and that she was only constrained to live with him
still from a fear that if she did otherwise she should meet the shocking end which has now overtaken her, this fear being not a groundless sentiment, it was based upon
the dreadful threats which Ford hurled against her from time time. So notorious was his aversion to anything like work that it is said he refused it when offered to him,
and it is spoken of as a marvel that he was seen not long since helping to dig out a foundation."
"The Worcester Murder"
Worcester Journal : February 18th 1864 Page 1