Unsolved Murders

Child

Age: 18 months

Sex: unknown

Date: 10 Jul 1909

Place: Creswell Cragg Lake, Creswell Craggs

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

The body of a child aged between 12-18 months was found in Creswell Cragg Lake.

It was found by a man who had been cutting the grass with a scythe at the side of the lake. He saw the body floating in the water whilst the head was later found in a sack at the bottom of the lake about 6-8 feet away.

Further along the lake edge, about 15 feet, he found wooden portions of a perambulator.

It was noted that it was a road that was much frequented by tramps.

The labourer called the police who raked the body out who found the skull of the child inside the sack and a stone about the size of a coconut to weigh it down. The rest of the body was thought to have been in the water for about 6 months.

The body was too decomposed to determine its sex.


see Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Saturday 10 July 1909

see Belper News - Friday 16 July 1909