Pompadour Cosmetiques Files

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I finally receieved the full files for the company known as Pompadour Cosmetiques.

The basic facts are,

The company started on 16th Oct 1891 by H. Y. Dickinson, of Grays (Something) Road.
It ceased on 24th Sept 1895.

It moved only once during it’s trading to 94 Regent Street W

It was always owned by Dickinson, although he did have shareholders.

The shareholders are all listed.

There is no mention of Cremers, Collins or Stephenson among the list!

Recent Findings

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Well, it’s been a busy month of research, with efforts made to trace more information on some of the people that surrounded Robert D’Onston Stephenson during his life.

Among those targeted where,

  • Inspector Thomas Roots
  • Rev. Charles Prest
  • Bishop Westcott
  • Thomas Fowler
  • Dr Allan

I managed to secure pictures, newspaper reports, and valuble official records on all 4, as well as many other people.  Most of this material is brand new and has never been published!!


Efforts have also been made in several previously unseen newspaper accounts of Frederick Bailey Deeming and his alleged involvement in the Whitechapel Murders, all of which make interesting reading.

I also traced several previously unpublished newspapers detailing Deeming’s visit and incarcaration in Hull.  All of these offer a fresh new light on this mysterious man!


Over the years 4 previously named suspects have had links to Hull’s Royal Station Hotel.  This week I managed to trace a very rare copy of a book about the hotel, written by the North Eastern Railway company, and offering valuble insights into the Hotel, it’s formation, and ever changing interior. 

I also managed to trace over 20 newspaper reports, dating from 1854 to 1900, featuring the 4 previously named suspects in conjuction with this wonderful Victorian hotel.

The Hull Connection Lecture 08/12/09

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This December I will be giving a free lecture at the Carnegie Heritage Centre in Hull.  The lecture will centre on the Hull Connection to the Whitechapel crimes, and will take place on Tuesday, December the 8th 2009.

For more information visit, http://www.carnegiehull.co.uk/events.php

Inspector Thomas Roots Found!!!

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After years of searching I have finally found a picture of Inspector Thomas Roots, than man from the Criminal Investigation Dept who spoke to George Marsh and Robert D’Onston Stephenson.

The man who wrote, what is now termed, the Roots Report.

The man who was sent to Gateshead during the Gateshead Tragedy.

The picture is alongside other notables including Inspector John George Littlechild!!

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