By Stephen Wade
Doncaster has world-wide repute as a railway city. for a few years the identify used to be linked to engineering, shipping and naturally coal. yet there's a darker element to its background. The sinister facet is explored throughout the examine and writing of an skilled crime historian. Sensational stories were exposed relating numerous darkish deeds, together with a cloak-and-dagger assembly in an Elizabethan tavern and the homicide of a Civil conflict chief. through the years Doncaster and district has been the scene of riots, Suffragette militancy, bad household tragedies, unhappy suicides and brutal murders. The tales the following diversity from the infamous Baccarat Scandal which stunned Victorian society to a betting-room theft on the races. the writer additionally reminds us approximately recognized criminals linked to the city, in addition to a Prince and a hangman, a infamous fraudster , even a London playboy. surprising, stunning, from time to time chilling yet precise, a brand new layer of the town's social historical past is now...
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Two of these men, Bernard Maude and Robert Poley, figure in this nasty little plot that took place in Doncaster. Maude was a graduate of Trinity College, Oxford, leaving there in 1566. Poley was a Cambridge man, but in the lowest grade, called a ‘sizar’ which meant he had to do some of the lowest chores around in order to have fees paid, and continue. Poley was, after these events in Doncaster, to be involved in the famous Babington Plot to murder Queen Elizabeth in 1586. Maude was to prove to be a guttersnipe born survivor, escaping from attention and retribution, even after that major political piece of skulduggery.
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The enmity grew over the years until one day when it appeared that young John had been robbed of his inheritance, and William Dyon determined to take the life of his brother. The decision to kill the man who was brother to one and uncle to the other was something that was a conclusive thought – the last line in a long line of deep and bitter enmity. This all came from the fundamentally opposite characters of the two brothers. From their early days, William and John Dyon were conflicting personalities.