She Who Walks Between The Stones

Many people have enquired about tours of Layton Cemetery, Blackpool, Lancashire, which unfortunately weren’t able to go ahead this year because of Covid restrictions. So allow me to take you on a fleeting excursion around some of the stones, giving a brief insight into the stories we will elaborate upon once we can safely escortContinue reading “She Who Walks Between The Stones”

The Monsterous Misses Flaherty

A house once belonging to three sisters from Ireland, situated where Forest Gate meets North Park Drive, was renowned for being haunted. Crying children could be regularly heard, along with pained screams of ‘Mummy!’ On the upper floors & attic tiny footsteps scuttled around. During the 1930s the sewage pipes were dug up for replacementContinue reading “The Monsterous Misses Flaherty”

From Balaclava to Blackpool

25th October1854 The Charge of the Light Brigade wasn’t just a disaster in its own right; It marked the final turning point of the Battle of Balaclava. For the Russians, Balaclava was a morale-boosting victory. Yet it is in Britain that the ill fated charge became the stuff of legend! Here at Layton Cemetery, Blackpool,Continue reading “From Balaclava to Blackpool”

Exotic Ecdysiast Extraordinaire!

(Augusta Carolina Rosaline Wingfield died 12th October 1947) The Queen of the Spiral – The Belle of the Ball! One of the most wonderful entertainers to grace Blackpool ~ that you’ve never heard of! Also known as ‘Alphonsine La Belle Rose’ Queen of the Spiral (or sometimes just plain Mrs Wingfield) Augusta was, in herContinue reading “Exotic Ecdysiast Extraordinaire!”

Surgeon of Savagery Dr Buck Ruxton

Today we are traveling just over 30 miles to the city of Lancaster, to hear a tale so iniquitous you’ll be glad we took the trip. We are staying inside the county and within this prose you will discover a tenuous link to Blackpool. After studying at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, BuktyarContinue reading “Surgeon of Savagery Dr Buck Ruxton”

Doctor 💀 Death?

September 28th marks the anniversary of the death of Dr George Billing.   Dr Billing was a registered medical practitioner at 121 Church Street, Blackpool, personal physician to the Mayors of Blackpool and the towns pathologist.   George was born in Manchester and his father, John was a surgeon. He went to Liverpool to become a medicalContinue reading “Doctor 💀 Death?”

Alfred Merrifield

Once described as a ‘tragic simpleton’ Alfred Merrifield (husband of the infamous Blackpool Poisoner Louisa May Merrifield) always denied any knowledge of his wife’s nefarious deeds.  Alfred was Louisa’s third husband and 24 years her senior. He was  believed  to be subjugated & browbeaten by his domineering spouse. But appearances can be deceptive; Mr Merrifield was inContinue reading “Alfred Merrifield”

Louisa May Merrifield

18th Sept. Louisa Merrifield, The Blackpool Poisoner,  executed (1953) By the age of 46, Louisa had been married three times, her third husband being the 74 year old Alfred. She found it difficult to hold down a job and had already served a prison sentence for ration book fraud.  Somewhat fortuitously (or so it seemed) inContinue reading “Louisa May Merrifield”