The Murder of Edward Anstee
of Marshall's Wick Farm
In August 1880 Thomas Wheeler returned to St Albans, which he left some 10 years earlier - and there were a series of incidents of increasing criminality over several days.
He stole some hammers from the blacksmith, William Page, in St Peters Street, St Albans
He broke into Jacob Reynolds' house at Heath Farm, Bernards Heath, and stole some silver
He started a rick fire at Beech Hyde Farm, Sandridge
While people rushed to Beech Hyde to fight the fire he went to the nearby Samwell's Farm and stole a gun
He went to Marshall's Wick Farm, shot Edward Anstee, terrified the women in the house, and stole various goods.
He was arrested, tried, and hung in St Albans Prison.
The case was extensively reported in the Herts Advertiser, The Times, and most national papers of the day.
There is an excellent account in Simon Walker's Crime in Hertfordshire, Volume Two, Murder and Misdemeanours.
Related Old News Items
|1880 June 12th||Herts Advertiser||Housebreaking at Heath Farm, Bernards Heath|
|1880 August 21st||Herts Advertiser||Fire at Beech Hyde, Sandridge|
|1880 August 28th||Herts Advertiser|
Thomas WHEELER (murderer),
St Albans area, 1880
Who's Who for the Marshalswick Murder [word file]
Hertfordshire Hangings 1820-1880 [word file]
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