The history of pubs in London is told in a fascinating tale

You can be a part of the project run by the University of Herefordshire that aims to popularise public houses that have been used since old times. See professional actors re-enacting the scenes of infamous murders and the criminal proceedings on 25 and 26 September after 7 PM at the George on the Strand.

Set in Georgian London, the audience will experience what it was like during the 18th and 19th century when pubs were used for petty sessions (the forerunner of magistrates’ courts) and coroners’ inquests. In keeping with history, the audience will be worked hard in their role as ‘jurors’, with the real-life outcomes of each trial being revealed at the end.

Owen Davies, Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire said: “It is not widely known that pubs were used to host criminal trials and inquests in this way and we have worked incredibly hard to mimic every detail to give the audience an enjoyable and realistic experience.  We hope to roll this project out wider with the aim to help reinstate the pub as a social centre. It would be a shame to loose these iconic buildings that form such a large part of our history.”

One trial sees a fast-paced historical reconstruction based on the 1815 case of Eliza Fenning – a young girl accused of administering poison with intent to murder – a crime punishable by public hanging.

For more information about either of the two events, and to book tickets, please visit:

https://pettysessions.eventbrite.co.uk/

https://coroner.eventbrite.co.uk/

The project, a collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire, London Historians and Twisted Events, is the first of its kind.

A video of a recent re-enactment staged in a Hertfordshire pub can be viewed here: