Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

6/1/2012

The curious case of the Cock Lane ghost: How a tale of sex, death and loan sharking gripped London 250 years ago, thanks to ‘Scratching Fanny’

The year was 1762. In a house in Cock Lane, not far from St Paul’s Cathedral, an audience of esteemed gentlemen – including two physicians – filed into a bedroom. Elizabeth Parsons – ‘a little artful girl, about 11 years of age’ – was publicly undressed, and with her younger sister, put to bed in front of them. And then the séance began. One knock for yes, two knocks for no. for more click here

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