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The Story of Ruth Pierce

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Devizes Town Council

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Ruth Pierce on 25th January 1753, together with two other women, agreed to buy a sack of corn in the market and for each to pay her share. One of the women who collected the quotas found a deficiency and on asking Ruth to make up the amount was told she had paid her full share and that she ‘wished she might drop dead if she had not’. She rashly repeated this awful wish, when, to the consternation of the persons standing by, she instantly fell down and expired, having the money concealed in her hand.

Devizes Town Hall







H 48.5 x W 78 x D 5 cm

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W.R. NEWMAN. 1955


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St John's Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1BN England

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