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Whipping Tom

Name given to two sex offenders, one in London and the other in the nearby village of Hackney, active in 1681 and 1712 respectively.

Whirligig (TV series)

BBC television programme for children broadcast from 1950 until 1956.

White Barrow

Neolithic long barrow on Salisbury Plain.

White City, Stretford

Former botanical gardens that hosted the largest art exhibition ever held in the UK, now a retail park.

White Cross Army

Organisation set up in 1883 by the social campaigner and author Ellice Hopkins, together with the Bishop of Durham, to promote “social purity”.

White poppy

The white poppy was introduced in 1933 by the British Women’s Cooperative Guild as a pacifist alternative to the Royal British Legion’s annual red poppy appeal.

Whole trial and examination of Mrs. Mary Hicks and her daughter Elizabeth

Pamphlet purporting to tell the story of Mary Hicks, executed for witchcraft in 1716.

Wife selling

Way of ending an unsatisfactory marriage by mutual agreement that probably began in the late 17th century, when divorce was a practical impossibility for all but the very wealthiest.

Wigan Pier

Area around the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, a wharf where coal from a nearby colliery was transferred from wagons into canal barges via an iron tippler. It was demolished in 1929.

Wilkes’ Gobs

Redirected to brick tax.