Hello, I’m Sarah. Thank you for visiting my blog documenting ongoing research into the weird and wonderful wrestling and boxing scene in New Cross and Deptford (although we might occasionally venture further afield) in the late-Victorian period (and we might occasionally go into the 20th century a bit by a decade or so).

My first post on 22 February 2019 explains a little bit more about what this blog is for.

I work at Goldsmiths, University of London as a press officer: a job I’ve been doing since 2010 for numerous higher education institutions. Before that I spent a little over seven years pulling pints. New Cross is awesome. Read the things I write about what’s going on there here.

Nearly a decade ago, I graduated with an MA in International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies and a BA Politics from the University of East Anglia and I’m now studying part-time for an MA in History at Goldsmiths, focusing on modern European genocides and the history of violence. I’m researching men punching each other for money as a bit of light-hearted fun in between all the mass murder stuff, but I also intend to make it the subject of my dissertation next year. I hope to start a PhD in 2021.

I live partly in Hither Green, south east London, and partly (mostly, tbh) on Twitter: @spookyjulie.

On Mondays and Saturdays I go to EVE Academy and London School of Lucha Libre pro-wrestling classes in Bethnal Green. I’m not very good.



Enormous thanks to: Geoffrey Thurley and the Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries for helping me find Jack; everyone at Goldsmiths who has either encouraged my project or provided inspiration for it, including Professor Tim Crook, Professor Les Back and Dr John Price; Dr Alice Jones Bartoli and Dr Ben Swift for their thoughtful and generous help; Myko Clelland at Findmypast for both initiating and enabling my obsession with random dead people; and my colleagues, friends, and family for putting up with it.

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