SU1484 : The grave of Esther Swinford, Radnor Street cemetery, Swindon

taken 8 years ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

The grave of Esther Swinford, Radnor Street cemetery, Swindon
The grave of Esther Swinford, Radnor Street cemetery, Swindon
Poor Esther was a barmaid at a public house not far from here. She met a tragic end by being shot to death by her former fiancÚ at the tender age of 19 106 years ago yesterday. Her killer was one Edward Richard Palmer, aged 24. He was 'convicted at Wiltshire Assizes before Mr Justice Wills of the murder of Esther Swinford at Swindon. Miss Swinford was employed as a barmaid and had been engaged to Palmer. She had broken off their intended union when she discovered that he had made no plans to secure their financial future. Palmer left town but later returned with a gun and shot her through the heart when she refused to reconsider their engagement. He was immediately arrested and told officers: 'I did it. I loved her.' Hanged by William and John Billington on the 17th November 1903 in Devizes.' From real-crime.co.uk The inscription can be read here SU1484 : Inscription on the grave of Esther Swinford, Radnor Street cemetery, Swindon The pub where the murder took place can be seen in this image SU1484 : Birch Street, Swindon
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Saturday, 19 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 19 September, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 147 841 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.3573N 1:47.3359W
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