The mass migration of folk from the countryside to Bradford during the height of the Industrial Revolution resulted in large numbers of people existing in abject poverty, as thousands being housed in filthy and overcrowded rooms and cellar dwellings. An escape from these conditions for many was a few hours in the public house where alcohol and trouble flowed freely. The proverbial ‘demon drink’ was to fuel much of Victorian crime in the borough, including the most heinous of all – murder.
Murder By Gaslight in Victorian Bradford is a fascinating insight into how demoralizing and harsh life was between 1847 and 1897 for those living and working in this industrial boomtown during a period of rapid growth. Contemporary newspaper accounts of the day were incredibly detailed and graphic in their content.
Embark on a trip back in crime to see the lives of people who have quite literally slipped into obscurity. For the most part, their only memorial is an overgrown and unmarked grave, until now.