|GR: Jane Leigh-Perrot's trial
Written by Myretta
(11/13/2003 10:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Trials as entertainment, penned by Line
According to David Nokes, the trial took place at Taunton assizes on March 29, 1800 in the Great Hall of the castle. It attracted a great deal of attention and he says that the court was excessively crowded. The Bath Chronicle reported 2,000 people in attendance.
Although Mrs. Leigh-Perrot's friends were there, the report of the rest of the onlookers doe not make them sound particularly genteel, does it?
Nokes says, "Looking around her, Mrs. Leigh-Perrot could see row upon row of eager, leering faces, and, here and there, the paler countenances of well-wishers and friends."
But, of course, this is Nokes's version and I suppose a Bessy Ramsden could have been among them. :-)
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