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Feast Day Tragedy, Illustrated Police News 7.8.1913

Bell Inn, Brampton

History of the Bell Inn

Brampton, OS 1901

The events of this murder are described in detail in ‘Cambridgeshire Murder’s by Alison Bruce.

Two who attended the Brampton feast in 1913 were Frederick and Martha Jane Seekings, who were assumed to be married. Frederick was from the Chatteris area and was described by the rector of Brampton as having learning difficulties.

Martha was discovered after her death not to have been married to Frederick. her name was in fact Beeby. She had married a Leonard Beeby by whom she had had four children. The family had moved to Desborough, then Rothwell, before running off with a showman called Blott in 1894.

Beeby and Seekings were together for several years living in Alconbury. They moved to Brampton in 1906 or 1907. They were well known for their heavy drinking.

On the feast day, 28th July 1913, both had been drinking. After closing time both were discovered collapsed outside the pub. An hour later they were both found collapsed on the Thrapston Road. This time Beeby was dead.

The police were called and found a blood covered knife in his left trouser pocket.

On 31st July Beeby was buried in Brampton. On 2nd August Seekings was taken to the gaol in Cambridge.

The trial opened on 14th October. The jury took 15 minutes to find him guilty.  He was hung the morning 4th November. He was the last criminal to be executed in Cambridgeshire.

A detailed account of the trial can be found in the Cambridge Daily News 15.10.1913.

The execution was reported in the Cambridge Daily News 4.11.1913.




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