Story of St Neots’ poisoner Walter Horsford at history talk on Saturday night

The trial of Walter Horsford

The trial of Walter Horsford - Credit: Archant

Two events organised by the St Neots Museum will take place in the town on Saturday (July 15).

A Living History demonstration on the Market Square will include Roman cookery, a crime and punishment stall and other activities.

Visitors will also have the chance to discover lace making, meet ‘Sir Isaac Newton’ and sit in the town stocks. The free event runs from 10am till 4pm.

Later in the day, there will be a talk entitled ‘grim tales and dark deeds in Cambridgeshire at the museum. This will be given by Neil Storey, one of the country’s foremost historians of Cambridgeshire history.

The talk will include the story of Walter Horsford - the infamous St Neots’ poisoner.


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In 1898, Horsford was hanged for murder at Cambridge Gaol. A jury in Huntingdon found him guilty of poisoning 38-year-old, Annie Holmes with strychnine.

The talk starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 and available from the museum or pay on the door.

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