The secret life of a Shropshire maid is unveiled in a new biography

The biography of the life of one of Shifnal's fascinating characters will be unveiled an an event at the town's fire station this weekend.

Hannah Cullwick
Hannah Cullwick

Hannah Cullwick lived a secret double life in the 1800s, outwardly the servant of lawyer Arthur Munby, but who was actually married to him.

Relative, John Cullwick has written the biography of the famous maid and published diarist Hannah Cullwick.

He will be signing copies of the book at the town's Old Fire Station, now a museum, on Saturday morning.

He has researched his biography for more than 30 years.

"Born in 1833 in the small Shropshire town and raised in poverty, she began in service at the age of eight and remained in service until she married aged 39."

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