in Manchester
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This chapter explores the history of Dukinfield Cemetery in Greater Manchester, and the writer’s personal connection to one of Manchester’s most notorious historical crimes. The writer is looking for the unmarked grave of Thomas and Elizabeth Hannah Britland, the victims of serial poisoner Mary Ann Britland – the first woman hanged at Strangeways Prison and the writer’s distant ancestor. The chapter includes nineteenth-century descriptions of the newly opened cemetery, and reflects on its significance to the community. It ends with a spot of light gravedigging.


Something rich and strange


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