Diary of a Resurrectionist, Wednesday 1st January 1812

Wednesday 1st.
Got up at 3 in the morning, the whole party went to Guys and St Thomas’, got 3 adults, 1 from Guy’s and 2 from St. Thomas’, took them to St. Thomas’, came home and met again, took one of the above to Guy’s, settled for the Horse £24. At home all night. Miss Naples

Resurrected 3 adults and took them to St Thomas’ & Guy’s (storage implied), and sorted out the horse dispute.

Clearly, the dispute about the horse at the Artichoke on new Year’s Eve was about money. The settled £24 was quite a sum; a rough £815’s equivalent money in 2005 (according to the National Archive’s currency converter). It is perhaps indicative of both the value of the horse and the value of the horse to the gang.

There are a couple of burial ground which might be meant here. Usually, when Naples says ‘the hospital crib’, he is referring to Snows Fields (now Guy’s Park), but St Thomas’ also had a burial ground connected with (though not surrounding) it’s church. This ground was on land now occupied by houses (now used as office space) and their gardens behind the location of Guy’s Chapel, off St Thomas’s Street. Further, there was a ground where the lower floors of Guy’s Tower are, opposite the location of the brand new escalators which will link St Thomas’ Street and the ground floor of the Shard with the approach to London Bridge Station from January 2012. Also, a ground that was located roughly underneath the modern approach to the railway. All these grounds can be seen on contemporary maps.

Miss Naples, whoever she was (a relative?) is the final female name to appear.


About theresurrectionists

My name is Kirsty Chilton. I am a Medical Historian working in London and relentlessly searching for the body snatchers of 18th and 19th century London. Currently, the content of this blog is a personal project to repost and comment on the diary of 19th century Resurrectionist Joseph Naples 200 years from the time it was written.
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