Grandfather's Caul

Contributed by vic harrup

Cauls were believed to be a charm against drowning. My grandfather's caul was carried abroad by my relative, Lily Hale, who was a Tiller Girl who danced in Paris and elsewhere in the 1920s.
My grandfather, Jesse Harrup, was born in 1849 at Great Horwood, near Buckingham, and married Anne Hughes. They were victims of the influenza epidemic of 1918 and 1919, and died within two days of each other. This double tragedy probably resulted in the request contained with the caul not being fulfilled.
The request said, 'Birthright of Jesse Harrup born 28th February 1849' and 'this is Jesse Harrups to be Beread with him when he dides is Berth Right as Born with it.'
This tells something of superstition. Cauls were sold, especially to mariners, for as much as 15 guineas in the 1820s.

Comments are closed for this object

Comments

  • 1 comment
  • 1. At 12:47 on 7 March 2012, Guy Harrup wrote:

    Hi Vic
    Great to see an heirloom from our joint ancestor as we are related through Jesses mother and father, My Great Great Grandfather was Henry, Jesses Brother). If you have any other tales from this period i am all ears. Regards Guy Harrup Perth, Australia

    Complain about this comment

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline

Location

Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire

Culture
Period

1849

Theme
Size
H:
18cm
W:
13cm
D:
0.1cm
Colour
Material

View more objects from people in Suffolk.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.