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The Shooting at Branscombe Old Pits

The Shooting at Branscombe Old Pits

The Shooting at Branscombe Old Pits

(Barbara Farquharson & John Torrance)

One moonlit night in September 1883 an old man is shot dead as he makes his way home from harvesting.  A local man is accused of murder, two others of being his accomplices.  The village is in turmoil...

Unsolved murder, or unexplained accident?  This is a reconstruction of real events - shooting, arrest, trial, inquest, and turbulent aftermath - which seeks to explain what happened, and why.  It is also a picture of a late nineteenth-century village, a particular place and community torn apart by a sudden inexplicable event and, at the same time, deeply affected by the general economic and political changes of the time.

The book draws on original archival research, newspaper reports, a pamphlet written by the man accused, and the oral histories of people in Branscombe.

Format: Paperback, 14.8 x 20.9 cm, 217 pages

© Barbara Farquharson & John Torrance, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9555644-3-7

Price: £8.00