04 Oct '14, 3pm

So good you couldn't make it up: Scratching Fanny, the ghost of Cock Lane.

Cock Lane, an inconspicuous narrow thoroughfare in Smithfield, in 1762 suddenly acquired international fame, or notoriety, when a house became one of London’s best known haunting. The spirit of Fanny Lynes accused someone of her own murder. It’s 1749 and William Kent has recently arrived from Norfolk with his ’wife’ to take up lodgings at the home of Richard Parsons and his family. P arsons owed Kent money and relations between the two men were strained. The epithet of loan shark could be given to Kent, for he had already fallen-out with a previous landlord over money that Kent had loaned him at usury rates. Kent had married Elizabeth Lynes in 1756 but she died in childbirth, her sister, Fanny had moved in to help out with the surviving infant, and the inevitable happened. Barred from marrying his sister-in-law they had moved to London posing as a married couple. Fanny was...

Full article: http://www.cabbieblog.com/blog/scratching-fanny-cock-lane/

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