While I was searching the archives in Shropshire looking for something to with my family history, I can across this. I thought it was quite fascinating.

Flora Manuel, an inmate of the Union Workhouse, was charged with refusing to work, and with threatening the labour mistress, Miss Isabella Graham. As Miss Graham entered the Court, the prisoner rushed up to her, and before anyone could interfere, struck her a violent blow on the head. Miss Graham said prisoner refused to do her work when ordered on Saturday and used threatening language to her. She said she would not strike her with her fists but would use a weapon to her. She added that whenever she could catch her alone she would do for her.

She was a most dangerous woman, and continually refused to do her work, and when a witness spoke to her about it, she threatened her too. A Mr Bessell, the Workhouse master said the conduct of the prisoner was insufferable, and her language was dreadful. She had been placed in the Refractory Ward time after time and several times sent to prison, but nothing seemed to improve her.  She had also been before the Visiting Committee, and talked to, but without any favourable result.

The prisoner admitted that she threatened to take a weapon to Miss Graham but she was sorry for having stuck her in Court.

Mr Bessell said everything had been tried to improve the prisoner, without effect.  She thought nothing of picking up the first thing that came to her hand and using it against those who remonstrated with her.

The Bench sentenced the prisoner to a month’s imprisonment, and Mr Thomas appealed to her to endeavour to restrain her temper in the future, and prison promised to try to do so.



It isn’t a Secret now!

The Secret is something Kerry is desperate to keep. But they always have a way of coming out.

Dear Diary

Kerry O’Brien is no longer single. Yay. I finally have a boyfriend

His name is Tommy. He’s a biker and he’s hot! I think he likes me, a lot. He makes me feel good about myself and it’s been a long time since anyone has paid me that much attention.

But I’m scared. I’m scared Bill will find out about Tommy and I’m scared Tommy will find out about Bill. Tommy has a temper and he’s very protective of me. If he ever found out my secret, I think he would kill Bill.

He started again last night. I hid Jodie. I don’t want him to ever touch her. Secrets like mine are only whispered. But the bruises are getting harder to cover and I know once Tommy finds out, I will lose him. I just can’t let that happen.

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Her First Time by C. A. Keith

The drive seemed longer than its typical thirty minutes. Her heart raced. It wasn’t her first time, so she wasn’t sure why she was so nervous. Her eyes focused on each car that passed her by. A bead of sweat trickled down her brow.

She pulled up into a vacant spot. She stepped out of her car and lit up a joint. The smelly skunked odour sure packed a punch. She needed to slow her heart that pounded and smashed against her chest wall. She slumped against the curb and savoured the puffs. With each inhale, her heart slowed.

She rested her arms on her knees and her head rested lazily. She smiled when she recalled her first time. She was nervous but she knew she was ready. Everyone said that she should wait. They said she was too young. When she met him, she knew he was the one. He was experienced. She knew he wasn’t her first nor would she be his last.

She never forgot the pain and discomfort that first time. They sat outside to have a smoke together. He held her hand and made sure she was ok with it. He made her as comfortable as he could. He needed to make sure she was ready for her first time.

He undressed her. Carefully, slowly, he helped her out of her tee-shirt. She could have walked away but she wanted him to be her first. She nodded and he began. A lone tear trickled down her cheek and she wiped it away. She didn’t want him to think that she wasn’t ready.

A car horn, shook her from her memory.  She opened the door and he smiled at her.

“I missed you. I haven’t seen you in a bit. Glad you’re here. Want a drink? Go to my room and I’ll be there in a sec,” he said with a wink.

“Ok. Last time I was sore for two weeks,” she said with concern.

He returned to his room. “I’m sorry if I hurt you. Are you sure you want to go through with this today? You could come another day if you like,” he said genuinely.

“No. It’s all right. I only want you to touch me,” she said. She sipped a glass of water nervously. She undid the button and slowly unzipped her zipper. She dropped her trousers and placed it on the bench. She lied down as he instructed. She tucked the extra pillow under her head. She looked up at him anxiously. His hand slowly caressed her knee and he slowly moved up to her hip. His hands were gentle and it gave her goosebumps.

He sprayed cold liquid and he smoothed and lifted the paper from her thigh. She smiled broadly.

“Ready. This dragon will be sick!” he said and placed his tattoo machine against her upper thigh.



Ssssh it’s a secret!

Follow the magic of The Secret where young love blossoms against all odds.




Kerry O’Brien has a secret so terrible it burns inside her. All she wants is to be part of a normal family, but with a step father like Bill, that is impossible.


Set in the 1970s when secrets like this were only ever whispered about, Kerry somehow keeps her humour by pretending everything is fine. Then she meets biker Tommy, and he has his own secret; one that impacts on her.


Kerry’s secret becomes harder to keep and the tell-tell signs are harder to hide. Can she keep it together? Can Tommy and Kerry get it together?

Then the worst happens and Kerry’s secret is a secret no more.


I panicked to change the subject, and blurted, “You stole that money back and spent it on booze, didn’t you? How do you think we paid for this?”

On reflection, it was probably not the best thing to…

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