Bringing the resources together

William Palmer
The Website

The Web Site
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A web site was originally created by
Dave Lewis and Jim Wheeler for
the Staffordshire Learning Net now the
Staffordshire Past Track.
It started as a small project
and grew and grew until
it now resembles a
mini encyclopaedia on Palmer.

 

William Palmer
The Book

The Book
Written by Dave Lewis
Published by Artloaf

onsale now

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William Palmer
An Exhibition in Stafford

A major Palmer Exhibition is to be held
at the Ancient High House Museum
,
Greengate Street, Stafford, U.K.

running for 7 weeks
from Saturday June 12th 2004
to Friday 30th July 2004

Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00am - 4.00pm
- ADMISSION FREE
-

More details will appear when they are available.

Death Mask

Picture kindly sent to us by Ross Turle Curatorial Assistant Winchester Museums Services in May 2002.
The first cast of William Palmer taken by William Bally Phrenologist of Manchester the 14th June 1856 Stafford.

'NEW' MEMORABILIA
The Exhibition turned up a number of new items of memorabilia. With help from the secretary of the Landor Society, Margaret Neal, I tracked down the owner of a late eighteenth century oak and mahogany long case clock (6 foot 10 inches high). The clock dial bears the mark 'Robert Sutton of Stafford' Sutton would have been the local retailer rather than the manufacturer.

The clock is believed to have been owned by William Palmer and purchased for 15 shillings when a house sale was held at Palmer's house. The proceeds from the sale going to pay Palmer's creditors.

William Palmer
Places from the Palmer Story


St. Augustine's Churchyard, Rugeley
The Death of John Parsons Cook
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Link to Stafford Past Track Web page


The Shrew, Rugeley
A small Palmer Display (coming soon).

Cooks Death in Room 10
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The Lamb & Flag, Little Haywood
Palmer's first victim?
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The Surgery, Stafford
A Palmer Display (NOW OPEN).

Death of Palmer's Mother in Law
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Link to Surgery website

Link to Stafford Past Track Web page


The Pig and Bell, Rugeley
Th Bell and Palmer
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The Swan, Stafford
The Swan's association with Palmer
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Link to The Swan Web Site


Palmer's House, Rugeley
Link to Palmer the Doctor
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The Cross Keys Pub
Link to Cross Keys Mystery
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Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire
A small display of exhibits.
Link to County Museum memorabilia
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William Salt Library, Stafford
The Jane Letters.

Links to Palmer Memorabilia
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HMP Prison Stafford
Link to details of hanging
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William Palmer
Links

The BBC for Stoke and Staffordshire - local history

Murder in the UK web site
also
http://www.murderuk.com/poisoners/poisoners.htm

John Porter met William Palmer

The English hangmen from 1850 to 1964
A few details of George Smith the
hangman who hanged Palmer

Palmer's last remarks are included on the following web sites
1 2

Local History link -
The Stafford Borough Heritage Group

Details of the two part TV Drama -
starring Keith Allen as Palmer
Written by Glenn Chandler - Directed by Alan Dossor -
Produced by David Reynolds

Palmer's link to Charles Dickens

For information on the Kent State University's
collection of criminal broadsides:
See No. 79 in the Borowitz Crime Ephemera Collection

Main search engines used during research
http://www.google.co.uk and http://www.mamma.com

 

 

AMENDMENTS to the
'The Rugeley Poisoner' Book

Page 28: William Palmer was actually
one of 8 rather than 7 children
born to Joseph and Sarah Palmer.

I received an e-mail from Debra Watkin a genealogist from Western Australia pointing out that a first Sarah, a twin, born in 1821 died aged 11 months and was buried at Rugeley on 2nd March 1822. Another daughter born in 1832 was then also named Sarah when she was baptised on 5th January 1833.

I have also been contacted by Ian Brodie a descendant of Sarah (Jnr.) who confirmed Debra's findings and furnished extra information. The second Sarah married Alexander Brodie (born 1831) by special licence at Aldgate, London on 29th December 1856 (the same way in which William was executed). Alexander went on to become a clergyman. He died of blood poisoning on 3rd January 1867. Sarah died on 15th January 1907 at Amberley, The Park, Chiselhurst, Kent.

Page 148: William Collier, the last man to be publicly hanged at Stafford was 35 years old not 18 years old.

William Palmer
Resources for Teachers
On the Staffordshire Past Track Web Site
- Palmer web page can be found:

Suggestions for teachers using
this site with their pupils

Ideas include:

  • Key Stage 2 (Year 5 or 6) Creative Writing / ICT Unit 6D (Internet) using the Palmer Story as the Stimulus: including a sample lesson plan
  • Key Stage 2 (Year 5 or 6) ICT Unit 5B. (Analysing and asking questions: using complex searches). Using "RM Information Worshop" software
  • Teacher’s notes, downloadable database, lesson plan and worksheets.
  • Key Stage 2 (Year 4, 5 or 6) Literacy Hour Activity (writing a letter)Based upon part of the Palmer story worksheet and teacher’s notes.
  • Key Stage 3 English - Speaking and Listening:
    Use the site to investigate the Palmer Story then debate "Palmer the Poisoner was an Innocent victim of the gossips". or "Hanging can never be justified in a civilized society".
  • Key Stage 3/4 History – The site can be used as a resource for the following topics:
    Year 9 - Crime and Punishment topic.
    Year 10 - British Crime and Punishment topic.
  • Key Stage 3/4 Literacy/Poetry ideas:On the topic of hangings.
  • Key Stage 3 Mathematics/ICT:
    Use the information from the Stafford Hangings to build a database
    which can then be interrogated. (See Key Stage 2 Activity above)

Link to Teacher Resources

William Palmer
CREDITS

Web Author: Dave Lewis
For comments or queries
about this web site email: Dave Lewis

Web Designer: Jim Wheeler
For comments or queries
about web design for this site
email: Artloaf