Mrs Caudle: a 19th-century woman not to be crossed

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Mrs Caudle first appeared as a character in Punch magazine in 1845. She was portrayed as the archetypal nagging wife, always telling her husband off for something.

 

Mrs Caudle, a character in Punch magazine

 

The West Kent Guardian reveals the real Mrs Caudle

This article from the West Kent Guardian reveals that the real-life Mrs Caudle was also a woman not to be messed with. The newspaper published the following court report on Saturday 26 July 1845.

 

Mrs Caudle from London, mentioned in the West Kent Guardian

West Kent Guardian – Saturday 26 July 1845
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