On 1st October 22 there is to be another book signing at the Museum..to coincide with Halloween month! The book, The Ghosts of Gehans Hill, Author, Chris Sharpe, is a ghost story, a fictionalized account of the local murder of PC James Davies, member of the former Worcester Constabulary. P.C Davies was murdered on Icknield Street,, Beoley, Redditch on 28th February 1885. There is a stone laid in the exact spot, where the murder was committed. His murderer, allegedly, was local Poacher, Moses Shrimpton, and was hung for the crime. Author Chris Sharpe was inspired to write his own version of the events,and I can highly recommend the book, a spine – chilling, page turner! So, for a taste of Halloween, come along and grab yourself a copy, at only £7.95, a copy….prepare to be ‘spine-chilled’.ve another Book signing on October 1st.
The book is a fictitious version of the murder of the Beoley policeman. PC Davies who met his dimise in 1885.
On the 28th of Febuary 1885, Constable James Davies, 33, who was stationed at Beoley failed to return from his nightly rounds. After a thorough search, his body was found in a field in a pool of blood. He had received around 40 stab wounds. Moses Shrimpton, a well known poacher in the area was well known to PC Davies and they had a few run-ins in the past.
After being tracked down, Shrimpton was tried and convicted and given the death sentence.
On 25th of May 1885 he was the last man to be hanged at Worcester Jail . His executioner was James Berry, Due to a miscalculation of the rope length and his body weight, Moses Shrimpton was decapitated when the trap door opened and he ‘dropped’.