Anne Fletcher is an historian and writer. She has a successful career in heritage and has worked at some of the most exciting historic sites in the country including Hampton Court Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Bletchley Park and Tower Bridge. She is the great-great-great niece of Joseph Hobson Jagger, ‘the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo’ and he is the subject of her book From the Mill to Monte Carlo published on 15 July by Amberley Publishing. Her search for his story started with only a photograph, a newspaper article and the lyrics of the famous song.
Joseph Hobson Jagger, who worked as a child in the mills of Victorian Bradford, broke the bank at Monte Carlo in 1880. Despite this extraordinary achievement, little evidence of his life has survived in archives or newspaper collections and he has been eclipsed by more famous winners. In fact, so little evidence survives that not […]