WHAT ARE THE GRIMSDALE CHRONICLES?

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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.

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THE BURNT PIG

Buckingham boy thrown from horse spooked by singed pig

1844: THE RURAL POOR

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

POACHERS BEWARE!

In the mid-1800s, a third of Old Gaol inmates were poachers

THE ONE THAT DIDN'T GET AWAY

Prisoner Wade ... NON EST!

THOMAS DANDY

The Gaoler whose life was saved by an inmate

THE GRIM REAPER STRIKES

Some prisoners never left the Gaol alive

BUCKINGHAM POLICE STATION & HOUSES

What happened to all the police?

OUR MOST DISTINGUISHED LODGER?

The Duke of Lancaster or a 'pauper lunatic'?

YOUNG OFFENDERS

Born criminals?

KNOCKED AT THE WRONG DOOR

Begging at Padbury ends in bad luck

THE MUSTER'D MEN FOR BUCKINGHAM

1369: Buckingham sends its bowmen to the wars

THE FIELD GUN

A captured German howitzer from WW1 displayed from 1920 

WHO IS ED GRIMSDALE?

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Check out Ed's LinkedIn profile.

September 2021: Ed talks to the BBC about the 2021 archaeological find of headless Anglo-Saxon skeletons in a Buckingham field.