The abduction of Ellen Turner was the talk of early 19th century England and at the center of it was Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a widower with dreams of a seat in Parliament. How did Wakefield lure the young heiress from her school and convince her to marry him? What happened when her family found out? And is there life after being British newspaper fodder? Join us for Part I of the life of Edward Gibbon Wakefield.
Podcasters: Christine and Elizabeth
Abby Ashby and Audrey Jones, The Shrigley Abduction, Great Britain: Sutton Publishing Limited, 2003.
R. Garnett, Edward Gibbon Wakefield: The Colonization of South Australia and New Zealand, London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898.
David J. Moss, ‘Wakefield, Edward Gibbon (1976-1862)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2007.
Edward Gibbon Wakefield, The trial of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, William Wakefield, and Frances Wakefield, indicted with one Edward Thevenot, a servant, for conspiracy and for the abduction of Miss Ellen Turner, the only child and heiress of William Turner, Esq., of Shrigley Park, in the county of Chester. London : John Murray, 1827.
Edward Gibbon Wakefield, Part II: Australia and New Zealand
Music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)