|"The Commandments/Thou shalt do no murder" 19th century child's plate.|
|"Bills O Jacks April 2nd 1832" 3.12 inch souvenir child's mug|
|Old photo of the Bills o' Jacks Inn (later called the Moor Cock Inn). The Inn was demolished in 1937.|
On April 2, 1832, the landlord of the Bills o' Jacks Inn, Thomas Bradbury, and his son, William, were violently murdered. The popularity of the murder, or shall I say infamy of the murder, was because it was so grisly, and the crime was never solved. After nearly two hundred years, the mystery of the murders is still exciting interest. I know this because I have seen many sites on the Internet dedicated to the Bills o'Jacks murders. The inn no longer exists, it was demolished in 1937, but the grave of the victims can still be seen in the churchyard of St. Chad's Church in Saddleworth in Yorkshire, England.
If this mug was really intended for a child, I could add it to my list of inappropriate patterns for children. (For other examples of inappropriate patterns, you might like to see my blog post titled "Inappropriate Or Frightening Patterns For Children.") If you are interested in more history of the murder, take a look at the blog post, "Bills o'Jacks" from the blog titled "Wessyman."
I wrote this post because after collecting and studying transferware for more than 30 years, I am still surprised by some of the patterns. Please let me know about patterns that have surprised you.