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The Cock Lane Ghost: A London Ghost Story

In 1762 the ghost of a murder victim appeared to be haunting a little girl in Smithfield.


In 1762 the ghost of a murder victim appeared to be haunting a little girl in Smithfield; Scratching Fanny of Cock Lane attracted mobs of curious onlookers outside the house, a visit from the heir to the throne, an investigation by Dr Johnson and finally a lawsuit.

The Cock Lane ghost was the world’s first example of a media circus, and it arose from a spirit of anarchy and disruptiveness quite specific to this ancient area of London. Was the Cock Lane Ghost simply a pub joke that went wrong? Some new research may shed light on this famous ghost story.

Roger Clarke's book A Natural History of Ghosts has most recently been published in Spain. Japanese publication is this July, and the mass-market paperback in the USA over Halloween after a rave review in The New York Times.


Speaker(s):

Roger Clarke | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

30 June 2016 at 7:45 pm

Duration:

2 hours

 

Venue:

The Pipeline
94 Middlesex Street
London
E1 7EZ
020 7377 6860
http://www.thepipelinebar.co.uk/
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Organised by:

London Fortean Society
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Tickets:

£4

Available from:

http://forteanlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/the-cock-lane-ghost-london-ghost-story.html

Additional Information:

Liverpool Street & Aldgate stations.

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