A FISH and chip shop owner uncovered a familiar name while researching the history of his business.
Adam Fogerty, co-owner of Harry Heywood’s on Manchester Road, Linthwaite, named the shop after his four-year-old son Harry Heywood Fogerty.
The business has been in operation for a century this year and Adam wanted to investigate its history.
During his research he learned about out the murder of Catherine Dennis in the nearby Ivy House Inn, in 1891. And he was shocked to learn that the man who performed a citizen’s arrest on a murder suspect was called Harry Heywood.
Adam said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was very spooky.
“The victim was a 16-year-old chambermaid who had her throat cut as she worked.
“I was fascinated by the murder and the Examiner edition from August 21, 1891, described two men who noticed the similarity between a travelling salesman and the description that had been put out of the killer.
“They took him to the police, but I was so shocked to read one of their names, which was the very name of the shop I’d named after my son, which had made me investigate the history of it in the first place.”
Adam is a former rugby player who has since gone into acting and carved out a career as a hard man in films like Guy Ritchie’s Snatch.
He added: “The reason I was doing the research was to celebrate the fish shop being here for 100 years.
“I’ve told friends about the name cropping up and it’s so unusual – it’s not like it’s John Smith.
“It’s a really weird coincidence.”
The murder of the Welsh teenage chambermaid shocked the Huddersfield community and thousands gathered for her funeral.
She had been found dead in a pool of blood after being discovered by a butcher’s boy.
The Ivy Inn became a morbid tourism hotspot that weekend and in a sign of the times, not only were the public allowed into the pub in small groups to look at the scene of the crime, they were allowed to view the body.
The court heard that after James Stockwell, 32, finished the pie she had served him, Catherine wanted him to leave and playfully pulled his hair and knocked off his hat.
Stockwell chased her up the stairs and caught her on the landing, slashing her throat with the very knife he had used to eat his pie.
Despite a plea of impulsive insanity and an appeal, he was hanged at Armley Jail in Leeds on Tuesday January 5, 1892.
Readers who believe modern life has become more violent should note that aside from the murder of Catherine Dennis, that one issue of The Examiner from August 1891 included a woman drowning herself and her baby and a fight which resulted in a man killing his own brother with a chisel.
We also reported a woman being killed and her head being “almost severed” by her partner who attacked her with an axe – all in the space of one week.