Hannah Twynnoy and the “Ladies” of Malmesbury   3 comments

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I don’t know if you can make it out from the photograph, but the gravestone — in the grounds of Malmesbury Abbey, which we visited this week — is for Hannah Twynnoy, a barmaid that was the first person killed by a tiger in Britain.  It reads:

Hannah Twynnoy
Who died October 23rd, 1703
Aged 33 Years

In bloom of life
She’s snatched from hence.
She had not room
To make defence;
For Tyger fierce
Took life away
And here she lies
In a bed of clay
Until the Resurrection Day.

Truly fantastic.  Malmesbury has great signage everywhere, though.  Read this one out loud, for instance (an advert for a knitting circle but sounds like a lady-boy support group):

malmesbury chicks with sticks

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