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MATERIAL RELATING TO THE PEASENHALL MURDER, THE TRIALS OF WILLIAM GARDINER, AND THE GARDINER FAMILY, 1889-1972


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Reference HD1664
Covering dates 1889-1990
Held by Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch
Source of acquisition Documents presented 26 Nov. 1993: accession no. 10,347

Contents:
1. Newspaper reports and articles
2. Photographs
3. Birth, marriage and death certificates
4. Copies of wills
5. Extracts from court records
6. Map
7. Miscellaneous Documents
8. The confession letter



Newspaper reports and articles  HD1664/1  1889-1902

Contents:
Photocopy extracts from the East Anglian Daily Times and other newspapers, arranged by the depositor with comments and annotations.
Relates to crime in and around Peasenhall; the murder of Rose Harsent (1 Jun. 1902); the two trials of William Gardiner, carpenter and Methodist lay preacher; the 1904 confession letter; and the deaths of several persons associated with the case. (3 vols.; mounted on boards in ring-binders; 1 file)

Various extracts  HD1664/1/1  Mar.1889-Nov. 1902

Various extracts  HD1664/1/2  Nov. 1902-Jan. 1903

Various extracts  HD1664/1/3  Jan. 1903-Jun. 1972

Eastern Morning Gazette pamphlet (duplicate placed in Local Studies Library)  HD1664/1/4  Nov. 1902

Photographic album  HD1664/2/1  c.1900-1988

Contents:
Colour and black-and-white photographs and drawings arranged by the depositor, with comments and explanations.
Contents related to the Peasenhall murder, including buildings in Peasenhall, gravestones, maltsters footwear, the Sibton Primitive Methodist Chapel, the homes of descendants, the Gardiner family, and portraits of persons associated with the case including Rose Harsent and William Gardiner. (1 vol; mounted on boards in ring-binder)

Birth, marriage and death certificates  HD1664/3/1-2  1839-1980

2 vols

Contents:
Copies of birth, marriage and death certificates arranged by the depositor.
Contents relate to the family history and lineage of people involved in the Peasenhall murder and subsequent trials, including Rose Harsent and William Gardiner. Also Kerridge, Wright, Skinner, Crisp and Goodchild families.
(filed in plastic sleeves in binders)

[no title]  HD1664/3/1  1839-1980

[no title]  HD1664/3/2  1841-1960

Copies of Wills  HD1664/4/1  1842-1979

Contents:
Copies of wills arranged by the depositor.
Contents relates to the Peasenhall murder including the wills of members of the Gardiner, Crisp, Kerridge and Davis families and that of Evan Edwards, juryman at the first trial. (1 vol: filed in plastic sleeves in binder)

Extracts from court records  HD1664/5/1  ?1902-1903

1 file

Contents:
Photocopy extracts from the court agenda book of the south-eastern assizes circuit of 1902 and 1903 and of the register of the Court of Summary Jurisdiction sitting at Saxmundham in June/July 1902 with notes and comments by the depositor.
Contents relate to the remand and two trials of William Gardiner.

Map  HD1664/6/1  1883-1904

1 roll

Contents:
Copies of first (1883) and second (1904) edition ordnance survey maps of Peasenhall. (25.344 inches to a mile) Shows the scene of the Peasenhall murder and the surrounding area.

Miscellaneous Documents  HD1664/7/1  1862-1986

1 vol

Contents:
Copies of map and cemetery plan extracts, Post Office archive papers, The Illustrated Police News, The Illustrated Mail and other newspapers and marriage and birth certificates arranged by the depositor; also copies of the Gardiner and Harsent family trees constructed by the depositor.
Contents relate to crime in and around Peasenhall, the murder of Rose Harsent (1st June 1902), the trials of William Gardiner, the anonymousBurton confession letter of 1903, the official enquiry into allegations that letters addressed to Mrs Gardiner were being tampered with and the births, marriages and places of burial of several persons associated with the case.

The confession letter  HD1664/8/1  1990

1 file

Contents:
An argument in favour of the genuineness of the anonymousBurton confession letter written and typed by the depositor.
Contains a summary of the evidence with particular reference to the confession letter, a proposed sequence of events in Peasenhall before, during and immediately after the murder of Rose Harsent (1st June 1902) and reasons for the depositors belief that the murder was committed by Albert Goodchild.

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