Monday, 26 September 2011

Mad Bad and Dangerous to know?

Lund’s Court or Mad Alice Lane is a ginnel linking Low Petergate to Swinegate. There are a number of stories around about who Mad Alice might have been. They include a woman called Alice Smith who was hanged in 1825 for the ‘crime’ of insanity, or a woman hanged in 1823 for poisoning her husband. Her unquiet spirit is said to still roam the dark narrow alleyway. I suspect in reality she was an eccentric local character who led a fairly blameless life. There are no colourful tales about who Lund was. This photo shows the Low Petergate entrance to the ginnel.

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