In 1835 MARY MALPAS was murdered in Chapel Field, Hunsterton. This foul deed was allegedly
carried out by THOMAS BAGGULEY, as told on the grave stone, that is to be found in St. Margaret's
Churchyard, Betley, where Mary is buried. (a photograph of this is below, accompanied by a
transcription of the text on the monument. Click on the small image to see a larger copy)
THOMAS was found
dead by hanging the next morning, and therefore it was assumed that he had committed the murder.
THOMAS was buried in Wynbunbury Churchyard at midnight on 1st July 1835 according to the
statutes of the time for people who had committed suicide? After several years of research
we have gathered a large amount of evidence to suggest that THOMAS was not guilty of this
shocking crime, but, we are still looking for more information about this foul deed. If you
think that you have heard a family tale or story that relates to this crime we would be
delighted to hear from you.