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A bit of obscure history...

  1. Captain Redbeard profile image60
    Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago

    A bit of obscure history...

    Would a morgue in London during the 1880's still be located in a hospital? I know this is a bit of an odd question but before I write about what it is I'm writing I'd like to know for sure what I'm writing is accurate and I'm having some trouble locating this particular information. Anyone have a clue?

  2. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    A Wiki article on a French soldier, Tarrare, I believe, talks about morgues in early19c hospitals, they are probably carrying on the practice.

    1. MickS profile image70
      MickSposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I recently saw a tv drama set in about that time in Whitechappel, I think it was calld Ripper Streets.  It was not about J-the-R, but set in the same time.  In it, post mortems were carried out, mainly, in an old, converted police cell.

  3. Theophanes profile image97
    Theophanesposted 5 years ago

    Do you mean a morgue as in a place where autopsies are performed or a morgue as in where bodies are stored before they are buried? Autopsies have generally been performed in theaters (which were generally attached to universities, maybe hospitals, not sure.) Morgues that merely stored bodies until the ground defrosted were usually buildings near cemeteries, likely called crypts like they are here in the US. You'll probably have to do a check of what I just said but this might give you a good direction to go in. Hope it helped.

    1. Captain Redbeard profile image60
      Captain Redbeardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It totally does! I'm writing a side story that is happening at the same time as the Ripper Jack murders in Whitechappel but from everything that I've been reading, this kind of information on the time period is not there.

    2. Theophanes profile image97
      Theophanesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ah, well good luck there. The information is there... you just need to know where to look. Operating theaters used to buy bodies too. Look up Burke and Hare for more on that and good luck!