June 2021 - Mansfield's Dark History on the Radio

Mansfield 103.2

An interview with a young local historian and a radio mention

It’s not every day you get to hear your name mentioned on the radio, but that’s just what happened to me, Stephanie Bognar, when ‘Queen of the Mic’, Lydia Kirk, talked on Mansfield 103.2 radio on Sunday 20th June about her latest research into Mansfield’s dark history.

How did I receive such an honour? Because I was lucky enough to have been interviewed by Lydia about one of my recent articles regarding the murders in Mansfield at the turn of the 20th century. The article discussed was about the mysterious death of ‘Old Jack’ which happened near the Dial Inn.

We spoke about what I had read and written about the death of ‘Old Jack’, who died in 1878 in a stable yard after being left there drunk by the proprietor. And about the arrest of the chief suspect, James Baggalley, who escaped a death sentence due to insufficient evidence.

It was a pleasure to talk to Lydia, and an even greater joy knowing that the young people of Mansfield also have an interest in our local history and wish to learn about it, especially about the more gruesome side of our history and the buildings where it happened.

If the old stones could talk, what stories would they tell?

Listen to Lydia talking about ‘Old Jack’s’ death with permission and thanks to Mansfield 103.2.

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