Written by trishjune
(11/13/2003 10:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Jane Leigh-Perrot's trial, penned by Myretta
] 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. :-)
Not only trials but visits to prisosn and madhouses where also very popular and don't forget how, further back in time, people would go to public executions.
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