My final decision was to focus my project on The Murderers Pub as it was easily accessible to come in, take photos, and draw things inside. I first looked on their website and found out that the reason why The Gardener’s Arms had been given the new name The Murderers, is because back in 1895 an ex-cavalryman murdered his wife named Mildred, who had lived with her mother in the public-house. This plaque that I took a photo of sums up the event fairly well.
When I focused more on the surroundings I found a couple of interesting things.
I found this hanging on an archway just above where the bar stand is. A tool called a ‘bung picker’ that was given to the pub on loan from the Woodforde’s Brewery. The writing says ‘This bung picker’s tool is similar to that used by Frank Miles, on his attack & murder of his wife, Mildred Miles, in June 1895.’ This seems very likely as it says in the newspaper that Frank Miles was employed at a place called Morgan’s Brewery.
When I read the archived newspaper article online, it said that the night before the murder, he had also threw an object called an earthenware match stand at his wife’s head but missed. From what I’ve read, it seems that Frank Miles was a very violent and angry person. You can also tell that he instantly regretted his actions based on the evidence in the newspaper, saying that he turned himself in immediately to the police afterwards. I highlighted most of the spoken words of that were recalled throughout the duration of the murder. I then put them in order to form more of a narrative, plus I thought it could be used later with future work and references.
I have put a file link to the newspaper I found on the website here as the writing is too small and impossible to read as a blog picture.