All Saints disaster

  • 12 Oct 2011
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A disaster in 1703 is entered in red in All Saints church records:

'James Collins, his wife Ann and 7 children, all burnt together in their house. The maidservant was the only one in the house to escape, and she with a broken limb' - but she later went into service with Mrs Palmer of Upton Snodsbury and was murdered with her in 1707!

(The maid and mistress were the victims of the notorious murders which brought about the establishment of Bishop Lloy'ds School in the Trinity )