Book, Journal & Newspaper References

about the Stanfield Hall Murders & Other Related Matters


Books

Allegret, M. 1947. Blanche Fury. Re-released by Connoisseur Video, London. 1992. A film of the book by Joseph Shearing, starring Stewart Granger and Valerie Hobson.

Andrew, William Wayte. 1849. Sermon preached in the parish church of Ketteringham, Norfolk, after the execution of J.B. Rush, for the murder of Isaac Jermy, Esq., etc. Josiah Fletcher, Norwich. 24pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich; British Library.

Anon. 1849. An Introductory Narrative and Revised Report of the Trial and Execution of J. B. Rush, for the murder of Isaac Jermy, of Stanfield Hall, Esq. ..... and of his son Isaac Jermy Jermy, Esq. Bacon and Kinnebrook, Norwich. 162pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich; British Library. Also on microfiche as part of the Chadwyk-Healey British Trials 1660-1900 Series: No. 1265. An introduction and background to the murders, and a comprehensive account of the trial. Has excellent illustrations.

Anon. 1849. Correct life of Rush. The Romance of Crime as exemplified in the extraordinary career; systematic villanies; and awful atrocities of the Monster Criminal James Blomfield Rush. Cleave, London. 16pp. University Library, Cambridge; British Library.

Anon. 1849. Full particulars of the Trial of James Blomfield Rush. Walker, Norwich. 8pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich.

Anon. 1849. Life and Character of J.B. Rush, who was tried and convicted for the cruel murders of Mr Jermy and Son, at Stanfield Hall, etc. London. British Library (catalogued but apparently destroyed during the blitz in WW2).

Anon. 1849. The Stanfield Hall Assassinations! Authentic Report of the Trial, Conviction, and Extraordinary Defence of Jas. Bloomfield Rush; including Every incident in the Most Appalling Tragedy of real Life ever Recorded in the Annals of Crime. Cleave, London. 28pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich. A brief background to the murders, and an abridged account of the trial.

Bayne, A.D. 1849. The Stanfield Tragedy: A Complete Narrative. Jarrold & Sons, London. 24pp. Wymondham Public Library, Norfolk. A brief background to the murders, and an abridged account of the trial.

Bignold, Sir R. 1948. Five generations of the Bignold Family: 1761-1947. B.T. Batsford, London. 320pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich. A brief mention of the Stanfield murders and Isaac Jermy (Preston), who was a director of the Norwich Union Insurance Co.

Britton, E. 1948. Blanche Fury. World Film Publications Ltd, London. 88pp. A book of the film(!), adapted from the screenplay by Audrey Lindop and Cecil McGivern, with dialogue by Hugh Mills. Based on the novel by Joseph Shearing.

Burgess, S. ca. 1926. The Hangmans Record - All the Principal Executions for 400 years. London. 16pp Mention of the execution of James Blomfield Rush.

Burke, P. 1851. Celebrated trials connected with the upper classes of society in the relations of private life. W. Benning, London. 520pp. British Library. Chapter 39: "The Murders at Stanfield Hall" (p 458-520) has the usual re-hash of events and trial proceedings.

Church, R. 1987. Murder in East Anglia: A new look at notorious cases. Robert Hale, London. Suffolk Local History Library, Bury St Edmunds. Chapter 9: "Double Death at Stanfield Hall" (p 143-159). Nothing new here.

Clark, W.M. 1849. A Full Report of the Trial of James Blomfield Rush for the Murder of Mr Jermy and his son, of Stanfield Hall, in the County of Norfolk. W.M. Clark, London. 102pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich; British Library. Also on microfiche as part of the Chadwyk-Healey British Trials 1660-1900 Series: No. 297.

Dickson, Helen. 1997. Lady Deceiver. Mills and Boon, London. Who'd have guessed it - a Mills & Boon "bodice-ripper" set at Stanfield Hall! The official plot is that Miss Cordelia Hamilton-King was tired of frivolous life and wanted - horrors - to work. She refused her influential fathers help and became Miss Delia King, secretary at Stanfield Hall in Norfolk. That one small deception caused havoc. Captain Alexander Frankland, newly restored to his family home after the war had connections with the Hamilton-King's that Delia in her growing love for her employer knew nothing about. Entirely forgetable!

Harding, A.N. 1998. Victorian Staffordshire Figures 1835-1875. Volumes 1 & 2. Schiffer Publishing. 320pp. Includes descriptions of Staffordshire pottery made to commemorate the trial of J.B. Rush.

Hobson, Rev. S. 1849. The Root of All Evil: A sermon preached to a village congregation, on the Sunday before the execution of James Blomfield Rush, The Stanfield Murderer. Charles Muskett, Norwich. 23pp. British Library.

Lane, Brian. (Ed.) 1989. The Murder Club Guide to the Eastern and Home Counties. pp130-133. A pathetic couple of pages about the murders, full of errors.

Meers, Frank. 1998. Death pay me a visit - Murder and mystery in Victorian Norfolk. Privately published. 54pp. A brief account of the murders to mark their 150th anniversary. Contains new information about the identity of J.B. Rush's father, and what happened to Emily Sandford.

Michell, J. 1758. A narrative of the disputes between Isaac Preston, Esq and John Michell, Esq. London. 73pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich; British Library. A pamphlet on the attempts by J. Michell (the second husband of Frances Jermy, nee Preston) to get the money owed to them from William Jermy's will, by the Prestons.

Norfolk News. 1849. Life, Trial and Execution of James Blomfield Rush of Potash Farm, near Wymondham, for the Murder of Isaac Jermy, Esq., Recorder of Norwich, and of Jermy Jermy, Esq., his son, at their residence, Stanfield Hall, Norfolk. Norfolk News, Norwich. 64pp. On microfiche as part of the Chadwyk-Healey British Trials 1660-1900 Series: No. 1291.

Preston, I. 1758. Mr Preston's reply to a libel ... etc. Norwich. 43pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich; British Library. A pamphlet giving Isaac Preston's view of the matter dealt with by J. Michell, above.

Pugh, P.D. Gordon. 1987. Staffordshire portrait figures. Antique Collectors' Club. 560pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich. Includes descriptions of Staffordshire pottery made to commemorate the trial of J.B. Rush.

Robinson, Emma. 1844. Whitefriars or The Days of Charles the Second. Cassell & Co. London. British Library. The book Emily Sandford was reading whilst J.B. Rush went about the murders ...

Rush, J.B. 1848. Report of, and Comments on, a Trial at Norwich Assizes, March 1848, for Breaches of Covenant, said to be committed by J.B. Rush, and a case, Jermy v. Jermy, or who is the Rightful Owner of Stanfield Hall and Felmingham Estates. A diatribe by Rush on how badly he has been treated by the Prestons, with a good account of their shenanigans concerning the provisions of William Jermy's will. Extracts of this privately published pamphlet appears as Appendix V in Teignmouth Shore's Trial of James Blomfield Rush.

Salmon, D. 1972. The Stanfield Horror. A programme about the Stanfield Hall murders for BBC East Anglia, devised, written and narrated by F. R. Buckley. It was produced by Douglas Salmon and directed by Terry Steele. It starred William C Wells as James Blomfield Rush, Anthony Walter as Isaac Jermy and Lynda Smith as Emily Sandford. A low budget, black and white production with filming taking place in and around both Stanfield Hall and Potash Farm. The 30 minute long programme was broadcast on 28 November 1972 (124 years, to the day, after the murders took place) at 22h15 on BBC 1-East. It was subsequently repeated at 23h35 on 3 September 1974. A copy of the tape is available for viewing at the East Anglia Film Archive, Norfolk Record Office.

Salmon, D. 1983. The Stanfield Hall Murders. A play about the Stanfield Hall murders for BBC Norwich. It was part of a larger series entitled Let Justice be Done, which was introduced by Stratford Johns. The play was produced by Douglas Salmon and directed by Jimmy McKinney. It starred Tony Kenway as James Blomfield Rush, John Southworth as The Judge, Peter Whitbread as Mr Serjeant Byles, Sarah Vernon as Emily Sandford, Carol Sager as Eliza Chastney, Bryan Matheson as Watson the Butler, Michael Nagel as William Howe and Bill Cullum as Clerk of the Court. Some filming took place at Stanfield Hall. The 30 minute long play was recorded on 26 September 1982 and broadcast on 18 April 1983 at 18h50 on BBC 1-East. The tape was most probably re-used because neither the BBC archives or the National Film Institute have a copy of the play.

Shearing, Joseph. (pseudonym for Bowen, Marjorie) 1939. Blanche Fury or Fury's Ape. William Heinemann, London. 339pp. A novel based on the events at Stanfield Hall, with the name Jermy becoming Fury.

Shore, W. Teignmouth. 1927. Trial of James Blomfield Rush. William Hodge & Company, Edinburgh. 272pp. British Library. A thorough coverage of the background to the murders and a full transcript of the trial.

Smith, John Frederick. 1888-9. Stanfield Hall: An historical romance, in three chronicles. Bradley & Co., London. 3 Vols. British Library. A historical novel spanning the period from the Norman Conquest to the Restoration, dealing with intrigues concerning the king, and the various heirs to "Stanfield Hall". The author has definite catholic leanings! Nothing to do with the murders.

Smith, S. 1849. The punishment of death, and moral responsibility, with casts of the head of J.B. Rush, his development and career. Only reference to this is in "A bibliography of Norfolk History".

Squire, Rev. H. 1849. On Behaviour to the Sinful: A sermon delivered in the Old Meeting Hall, Goal Street, Great Yarmouth, on Sunday April the 8th, 1849, while the murderer Rush was under sentence of execution. William Alexander, Norwich. 12pp. British Library

Valdar, Stewart. 1958 & 1976. A Brief History of The Jermy Family of Norfolk & Suffolk. Privately Published, London. 22pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich; British Library.

Valdar, Stewart. 1960. Illustrations to A Brief History of The Jermy Family of Norfolk & Suffolk. Privately Published, London. 30pp. Norfolk Studies Library, Norwich; British Library.


Contemporary Broadsheets about the Murders

A Full and Particular account of the Horrid Murder of Isaac Preston, Esq
The Final Examination of, and Committal, of J. B. RUSH
The Stanfield Hall Murders
The Sorrowful Lamentation and Farewell of J.B. Rush
Confession of Rush, The Murderer!
Life of James Blomfield Rush
The Sorrowful Lamentation of James Blomfield Rush
Life, Trial and Execution of James B Rush
The Execution of James Blomfield Rush
Execution of Rush
The Life and Execution of James Blomfield Rush
The Execution of James Blomfield Rush


Journals

Anon. 1849. Homicide Fair. Punch, or the London Charivari. v16. Saturday 28th April. p 155

Anon. 1849. Murder Models - Gibbett Trips. Punch, or the London Charivari. v16. Saturday 28th April. p 171

Furniss, Harold. ca. 1903. James Bloomfield Rush - Libertine, Forger and Assassin. Famous Crimes. Vol IV. No. 44. 98-104; No. 45. 122-128

Schofield, S. 1938. The Stanfield Hall Murders. East Anglian Magazine. v4. No.1. November. p 26-31 See also Letters page of December 1938 edition (p111).

Sutherland, Oriel. 1962. The Stanfield Hall Murders. East Anglian Magazine. p 550-553

Swales, H. 1971. The Stanfield Murders and the trial of James Blomfield Rush. Norfolk Fair. July.

Young, M. 1998. The Monster of Potash Farm. Suffolk & Norfolk Life. June. p 26


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