Rock the Cradle?

What can possibly be said about a life of ONLY five weeks?

On the evening of Wednesday November 19 1884 a little girl called Sarah Ann was born to Peter Casper, and Mary Jane his wife of five years.

And on a chilly December day, Peter and Mary Jane left their home on Dundas Street in York to take their first born to the Parish Church of St Saviour for baptism.

Described as a “nice little girl” little Sarah was usually to be found in her brief lifetime in the arms of her fond mother clad in a bed-gown, covered with an old thick cloak and shawl.

However, by the Feast of St Stephen – little Sarah Ann Casper was soon no more and the circumstances of her death in December 1884 would shine a harsh and uncompromising light into the darkest crevices of York’s society as the pitiful story of this baby’s life unfolded.


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