There is an interesting connection between
canning and the phrase 'Sweet Fanny Adams'.
In 1867 a sailor from Portsmouth murdered his
girlfriend (Fanny Adams) in Alton in Hamp-
shire and tried to get rid of her body by hacking
it into small pieces. The murderer, Frederick
Baker, was hanged in Winchester jail on Christmas
Eve 1867. The morbid humour of his fellow sailors
at Portsmouth soon suggested a connection
between this murder and canned meat being turned
out by a newly established canning factory at the
Naval Victualling Yard in Deptford. It is one of the
few cases where the victim rather than the murderer
has achieved immortality!