Lecture: The Radlett Murder of 1823

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church and on Zoom

Lecture: Dr Ian St John

On 30 October 1823 William Weare’s body was dragged from a pond beside Watling Street in Elstree. Thus began one of the 19th century’s most sensational murder cases. Radlett, the scene of the murder, attracted intense media interest and hordes of visitors, while vicars used the case to warn against the evils of drink and gambling. Our speaker relates the story of the events and presents a gallery of desperate characters to shed a light on the world of Georgian London.

Ian St John studied for a BA at York and a DPhil at Nuffield College Oxford, where he worked with Sir David Butler on the Nuffield Election studies. Since 2000 he has taught History and Economics at Haberdashers’ School, Elstree. He has published several books, including Disraeli and the Art of Victorian Politics, The Historiography of Gladstone and Disraeli and The Making of the Raj.

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