WHAT ARE THE GRIMSDALE CHRONICLES?
Created by honorary historian to the Old Gaol Ed Grimsdale, the Grimsdale Chronicles are a collection of key historical works centred on Buckingham and the Gaol.
Ed has documented all sorts of fascinating tales. We are very grateful for his industry and expertise.
Buckingham boy thrown from horse spooked by singed pig
Buckingham poverty so bad, onlookers assume the plague has struck
THE WRETCHED STEVENS
1864 murderer of Buckingham girl held in Old Gaol before hanging
MAKE YOUR OWN ESCAPE ROPE
Prisoner escapes the Old Gaol using rope made from bits of 'oakum'
THE TALE OF WILLIAM 'COINER' VARNEY
Forgery, escape and tragedy
In the mid-1800s, a third of Old Gaol inmates were poachers
Prisoner Wade ... NON EST!
The Gaoler whose life was saved by an inmate
Some prisoners never left the Gaol alive
What happened to all the police?
The Duke of Lancaster or a 'pauper lunatic'?
Begging at Padbury ends in bad luck
1369: Buckingham sends its bowmen to the wars
A captured German howitzer from WW1 displayed from 1920