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Offline man of kent

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Re: Murder at Sandwich
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2016, 22:01:37 »
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Mary Bax was buried at St Peter's Church Sandwich, her gravestone was cleared away in the last century to tidy the graveyard but is still recorded in the parish records. Martin Lash (Laas) was hanged at Maidstone.

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Re: Murder at Sandwich
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2010, 19:48:58 »

Mary BAX aged 23, of Deal.  Murdered 1782  - there is also a feature in  'Bygone Kent' Vol.4 No.7, p.405


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Re: Murder at Sandwich
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2010, 13:30:54 »
An interesting story,so where is mary bax buried?

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Re: Murder at Sandwich
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010, 10:23:54 »
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Re: Murder at Sandwich
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 20:01:52 »
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Re: Murder at Sandwich
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 23:31:18 »
Strangely enough I was reading something about this the other day while sat in Margate hospital waiting for my partner to come out of surgery.

From what I remember reading, Martin Lash was a sailor who had deserted and attacked Mary as she walked along the ancient highway from Sandwich to Deal.
Marys' boyfriends' brother was on his way to the chequers inn and witnessed the murder and was able to identify Lash when he was caught.
Lash was hanged close to the site of the murder.

I also remember reading that the spot where the stone is wouldn't have been so high at that time so might not actually be her grave although it does mark the place she was murdered.

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Re: Murder at Sandwich
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 15:46:31 »
ahhh the Mary Bax stone....

saw this mentioned in a book of walks i have, never done the walk, so havent seen the stone, thanks for posting this.

im sure there will be more info shortly.....


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Murder at Sandwich
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 12:58:33 »
An interesting monument that lies beside the Ancient Highway between Deal and Sandwich.

The Plaque (that appears to repeat the inscription on the stone) reads:



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