The Spring-Heeled Jack Project
In 1838, a series of complaints were raised about an individual or group who were causing a nuisance in the villages around London for causing a disturbance. Some of these are undoubtedly linked to the urban legends of ghosts roaming of fog-swathed streets. However, in February of that year, it was reported that a figure, who came to be known as Spring-heeled Jack, violently assaulted two young women.
This figure and his "pranks" captured the public's imagination, and became the subject of plays and serial novels published weekly. The work of the Spring-heeled Jack project is to make accessible the COMPLETE set of the serial novels and shorter fiction, including the episodes of the serials that are missing from the British Library.