Our latest acquisition: A locket containing a lock of John Hampden’s Hair
The Society already owns a similar locket now on loan to the Thame Museum. Another locket is lodged in the Carisbrooke Castle Museum on the IOW. During the attempted exhumation of John Hampden, by Lord Nugent in 1828, locks of hair were cut as mementos from the head of the corpse that was believed to be that of John Hampden. Others have subsequently claimed that the hair actually came from the corpse of Hampden’s father, William. An account of the exhumation was reported in the Times newspaper.
Description: A coiled lock of light brown hair stitched onto white cloth and presented in an oval gilt metal locket, overall 7 x 4 cm, and enclosed in a later glazed wooden case with the title label ‘John Hampden’s hair’.
More information about the exhumation can be found in the “Controversy of John Hampden’s Death” by Derek and Gill Lester