Langham Road, London, N15. Photo © Roger Dean 2012
The Times – Thursday, January 27th, 1870:
Mr. George Eugene Yarrow, the surgeon of the G Division of Police, deposed to having been sent for about half-past 6 o’clock on the morning in question. He accordingly proceeded to the Old Street police station, where he found the prisoner in custody. The latter had a wound on his finger. It was of the size of a fourpenny piece, and might have been caused by a bite. He also had an incised wound on another finger. Witness dressed the first mentioned wound. The prisoner seemed quite calm and collected, and while witness was attending to his finger he said ‘Thank you,’ several times. Witness proceeded to the hotel and saw the body. It was about a quarter to 7 o’clock when he entered the kitchen. The head of the deceased was in the kitchen and the legs in the prisoner’s bedroom. Her stockings had been pulled down over the boots. One of her arms was contracted. A bonnet was on the head, and witness removed it. He searched her dress, and found the things referred to by Inspector M’Keon. The deceased’s boots were much too large for her. Witness had the body removed to the deadhouse, and on the afternoon of the 16th inst. he made a private post mortem examination of it. She was rather sparely built, about 4ft. 10in. in height, and apparently 26 years of age. Her left eye was lacerated and contused. The orbital plate on which the eyeball rests was hanging down by a piece of muscular tissue. [...]
[ The text above is from The Times's report of the Finsbury Murder in which Jacob Spinass was accused of the murder of Cecilia 'Sissy' Aldridge an 'unfortunate'. The complete report can be read at http://www.victorianlondon.org by clicking here.
The street art in the photo is by Shepard Fairey who shot to fame with his Hope poster of Barack Obama. As part of a community led regeneration programme involving Sustrans and Haringey Council in the West Green area of Tottenham, locals thought it would be nice to have a mural on the old Victorian advertising site on the side of the corner shop. One member of the group approached Fairey through a gallery owner and amazingly he said he would be happy to do the piece called Envision free of charge. You can see more of Fairey's work by clicking here and the work of Sustrans by clicking here. R.D.]