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Mary Bousfield

Witness at Martha Tabram's inquest.

Also known as Mary Luckhurst[1]

Born c.1856 in St George in the East.

Martha's former landlady at 4 Star Place, off Star Street, Commercial Road. Mrs. Bousfield lived with her husband, William Bousfield, a woodcutter and their six children[2]. She stated that Martha sold matches for a living, but suspected that she may also have been earning by prostitution.

She testified that Martha and Henry Turner left her establishment three weeks prior to her death, owing a considerable sum in unpaid rent, although Martha apparently crept back later to return her key. She also described Martha as a person who would "rather have a glass of ale than a cup of tea." She also said, however, that she was not a perpetual drunk.[3]

Mary Bousfield's son James, at the age of 83, showed author Tom Cullen one of the key chains which he claimed Tabram had hawked for a living and which he kept as a souvenir after her murder.[4]

Mrs Bousfield died in St George in the East in 1902.[5]


  1. MEPO 3/140 ff.44-8
  2. Census reports 1891
  3. The Times, 24th August 1888
  4. Autumn of Terror, Tom Cullen (Bodley Head 1965)
  5. Mary Bousfield, Ancestry Members Family Tree

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