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CRIME

Gloucester Gale: A bigamist with (at least) nine wives

Bigamy was quite common in the nineteenth century, polygamy less so. Although often joked about, it had serious implications for its victims.

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DICKENS

Rescuing George Ruby: Dickens and the Crossing Sweeper

Young Jo, the tragic crossing sweeper in Bleak House, was based on a real London boy called George Ruby. George's life was changed forever.

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ART & CRAFT | SHOPS & TRADES

The Meteorological Diary of William Cary of the Strand

William Cary, who was born in 1795 and died in 1825, was a scientific instrument maker of great distinction and a dedicated chronicler of the capital's weather.

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ANIMALS

The Two Friends: The Story of Thomas Hamber and Percy Gregg

Two journalists living in nineteenth-century Pimlico are linked by the curious behaviour and remarkable loyalty of a little dog.