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11 unusual tales of terror from historical newspapers

The British Newspaper Archive is full of grisly stories about the unusual and the unexplained. We’ve selected some of the oddest tales, including a description of a monster with the head of a sea lion and a rumour that Germany was turning dead soldiers into explosives during WW1. Let us know if you’ve found a story to rival these. You can comment below or post on our Facebook page. 1) 1877: A bizarre 70-foot beast A very strange creature was sighted

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An escaped bear causes chaos in 1890

You’ll find lots of amusing stories in The British Newspaper Archive about the strange events that happened both in the United Kingdom and around the world. A number of local newspapers, including the Grantham Journal, Portsmouth Evening News and Sheffield Evening Telegraph, reported on one such event in 1890.   Women shrieked and children cried According to newspapers that are now available to search online, a huge brown bear interrupted a church service on Sunday 20 April 1890 after it

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Researching animals with historical newspapers

Hannah Velten recently got in touch to tell us how she uses The British Newspaper Archive to research a rather niche subject – the history of animals within society. Show us what you’re researching at the moment by emailing press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk   **************   One day it could be a toad emerging from a rock or a person kicked by a horse – I never know what I’m going to find when I log into The British Newspaper Archive each day.

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Found in The British Newspaper Archive – Animals dressed in clothes . . .

From roller-skating chimpanzees in top hats and dogs dressed as clowns to aristo-cats in customised prams, dressing up our pets in people’s clothes has long been an endearingly eccentric trait of some animal lovers in the UK. As you can imagine, The Archive contains some wonderful photos and colourful stories that capture this desire to introduce our furred friends as well-attired and even dandy-ish members to polite, human society. Since this is a favourite ‘pet’ subject for many, we thought

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