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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Sweet Fanny Adams

There is an interesting connection between 
canning and the phrase 'Sweet Fanny Adams'. 
In 1867 a sailor from Portsmouth murdered his 
girlfriend (Fanny Adams) in Alton in Hamp- 
shire and tried to get rid of her body by hacking 
it into small pieces. The murderer, Frederick 
Baker, was hanged in Winchester jail on Christmas 
Eve 1867. The morbid humour of his fellow sailors 
at Portsmouth soon suggested a connection 
between this murder and canned meat being turned 
out by a newly established canning factory at the 
Naval Victualling Yard in Deptford. It is one of the 
few cases where the victim rather than the murderer 
has achieved immortality! 

1 comment:

  1. This story is not correct. Fanny Adams was only 8 years and 6 months old when she was murdered by Frederick Baker. He was a solicitor's clerk at an office in Alton!