Executions at Nottingham 1720-1860

by Jimmy Notts

Anyone out there who can claim these people?

1720. Richard Comym, for uttering a base shilling at Mansfield.
1727. Robert Pemberton. for committing a burglary at the shop on the Long-row, now occupied by Mr Willkinson, druggist.
1728. John Briggs, for murdering his wife.
1729. John Revell, for shooting a trespasser on his land in Papplewick. He was conveyed to the gallows in his own carriage and pair.
1732. William Pycroft, lived in Nottingham, and for some years gained a subsistence by fraud and imposture. He pretended to tell fortunes by the occult science of astrology, and was a coiner of base money.Occasionallyhe made extensive journeys with a woman named Ann Sadler, with whom he cohabited. He was at length apprended at Lincoln for coining, but the evidence of his guilt not being conclusive, he was removed to Nottingham, and here, by the admissions of the woman Sadler, the impliments for coining were found in the thatch of his house. For this offence he was executed at Gallows-hill. Pycroft was the last prisioner to walk up a ladderto be “turned off”. The practice hitherto had been to have a lofty gallows in the shape of a T, the only access to the transverse section of which was by means of a ladder, up which the executioner and his victim had to mount. When the rope was properly adjusted, the functionary of the law would generally seat himself on the summit of the g!
to hold the poor wretch steady by the shoulders, while his assistant moved the ladder from the base.
Occasionally, the sufferer would dispense with the latter part of the process, by throwing himself off the stave on which he was standing. The practice, after this, was to have two uprights instead of one, sufficently wide apart to admit of the passage of a cartin which the malefactor and his attendants would be seated. When immediately under the erection, the man had to ascend a plank, until the withdrawal of the cart left him in a state of suspension.
1735. Henry Parnell, for murdering his wife at Cotgrave.
1737. James Gibbons, for highway robbery.
1738. Thomas Hallam. This was a respectable servant to a farmer of Wilford, and being a remarkably handsome young man, of fine figure, was much courted by members of the fair sex of his neighbourhood, but having misplaced his affections, the equilibrium of his mind was disturbed, he quitted his place of servitude, became embarrased in circumstances, and stole a cow, for which he was hanged, much pitied and lamented. Hallam was interred in the churchyard of St-Mary, Nottingham, and a surgeon of the town, anxious to possess the body for the purpose of dissection, engaged a man named Rolleston to clandestinely remove it from its resting-place. Accordingly, Rolleston and a confederate disinterred the body the night after burial, and placing it in a sack, the former took it away on his back. Police and gaslights being then equally unknown, the undertaking, thus far, was comparatively easy. But on passing along Stoney-street, Rolleston fancied he heard the dead man pant, and his t!
error was
so great, that he gladly left hold of his burden, and with his assistant, ran as if for life. Becoming, however, somewhat reassured, they, after an interval, deliberated on the course best to be pursued. If they took poor Hammond to a surgeon, it was their conviction, uncharitable as it might seem, that he would cut him up, dead or alive ; and if he really should not be dead, it would be equallydangerous to leave him in the street as to take him away.
They therefore took the corpse, and placed it in a barn of a field. It was found there in the morning by a woman who came to milk, and was subsequently reinterred by friends, at Sutton-in-Ashfield.
1748. Smith and Miller, for robbing Captain Deane, at Wilford, in his own garden.
1752. James Wogden, for murdering Edward \whatman, near Ollerton. This as the first malefactor whose body was exposed for dissection.
1753. Woolston Roberts and William Sandham, for maiming a recruit in Nottingham, by cutting off his little finger.
1757. Richard Sturgess, dyer, for robbing his employer.
1758. Robert Wilson, for robbing a pedlar at Newark.
1759. Samual Ward, for feloniously entering the premises of Mr Liptrot, tallow chandler, Byard-lane.
1759. William Andrew Horne, Esq, for murder, November 30.
1763. Elizabeth Morton, for strangling an infant, April 6.
1766. James bromage and William Wainer, for plundering a coach on the highway, July 30.
1769. Robert? (Robin) Downe, for stabbing a boy at Mansfield, Aug 17.
1767. Thomas Reynolds, for a robbery in Chesterfield-street, aug 30.
1769. William Hebb, for murder, March 20.
1773. Joseph Shaw, for burglary, March 30.
1773. Richard Wheatley, for robbing a bleach yard.
1775. William Voce, for committing a rape at Sneinton, March 20.
1779. John spencer, for murder and robbery, July.
1781. George Brown, alias Bounds, and Ann Bagshaw, for burglary. Maarch 28.
1782. Cooper Hall, for stealing a bill of exchange for £120, March 27.
1784. Ann Castledine and Robert rushton, for murder, March 17.
1784. Thomas Henfry and William Rider, for highway robbery, march 31.
1785. John Pendrill, John Townend, John Anderson and William Cook, for highway robbery, March 23.
1785. Thomas Cobb, for felony, July 27.
1786. William Hands and John Lister, for mare stealing, March 29.
1790. Samuel Martin and Anthony Farnsworth, for burglary, March 27.
1793. William Healey, for horse stealing, March 27.
1795. David Proctor, for rape, March 25.
1797. John Milner, for cow stealing, August 16. An unfortunate incident attended his execution. He had hung a few seconds, when the knot of the rope gave way, and the wretched man fell heavily to the ground. Upon being raised, and the preparations for his suspension commencing afresh, he seemed painfully conscious of his situation and exclaimed “My God, this is hard work”. Either from the inefficincy of the hangman, or some cause unexplained, several minutes elapsed ere the preliminaries were re-adjusted ; and it was not until a ropemaker named Godber pushed the blundering functionary aside, and tied the man up himself, that the cart was a second time driven away. The execrations of the spectators at the executioner were very loud and general. Milner was a native of Eakring, and was a very stout, broad-set man, nearly six feet in height. His body was buried the same day, in St-Mary’s churchyard.
1799. James Brodie, for murder, July.
1800. John Atkinson, for forgery, April 16.
1801. Michael Denman, William Sykes and Thomas Bakewell, for forgery, August 5.
1802. Mary Voce, for murder, March 15.
1802. Ferdomamdp Davis, for highway robbery, March 31.
1803. John Thompson, for robbery, March 23.
1803. William Hill was hung August 10, for committing a rape (attended with great brutality), on the person of Mrs Sarah Justice, the wife of a respectable farmer, at Bole, near Gainsborough, on the 28th of the previous May. Hill was the son of a labouring man of Lowdham, and was brought up very imperfectly, – an associate of bad men, dissolute, and grossly licentious. He acknowledged to the chaplin, after conviction, that he had made criminal attempts upon other females, one of whom was only 12 years of age, but without success. The chaplin, and a number of pious persons, attempted to soften the ferocity of his disposition, by representing to him the extent of his crime, and the danger of dying in hardened state, but all their efforts proved utterly in vain. On the morning of death, he manifested the most extreme reluctance to submit to the sentence of the law. He had to be dragged out of his cellby main force, and the exertions of half-a-dozen men were scarcely sufficient !
for the
task of pinning him. He was then conveyed in the customary manner to Gallows-hill ; but no sooner did hefeel the cord loose by which he was tied to the cart, than he leapt over the side of the vehicle, and endeavoured to escape, to the great astonishment and agitation of the multitude. Several of the Sheriff’s men immediately struck him with the blunt end of javelins, and in spite of his horrid language and struggles, he was again forced to ascend the cart, and compelled to meet his fate. This hardened malefactor was about five feet eight inches high, and extremely robust and muscular.
1805. Robert Powell, alias Harvey, for robbery, April 10.
1806. William Rhodes, alias Davies, for forgery, March 26.
1809. Thomas Lampin, for forgery, August 2.
1812. Benjamin Renshaw, for firing a haystack, July 29.
1813. William Simpson, for burglary, March 31.
1815. John Hemstock, for murder, March 23.
1816. John Simpson, alias Daniel Simpson, for highway robbery, April 3.
1817. Daniel Diggle, for attempted murder, April 2.
1817. Charles Rotherham, for murder, July 28.
1818. George Needham and William Mandedrville, for burglary, April 3.
1820. Thomas Wilcox, for highway robbery, March 29.
1822. Henry Sanderson, Robert Bamford and Adam Adie, for murder, March 22.
1823. Thomas Roe and Benjamin Miller, for robbery, April 2.
1825. Thomas Dewey, for murder, July 27.
1825. Samuel Wood, for murder, March 16.
1826. George Milnes and Joshua Smith, for burglary, July 26.
1827. William Wells, for robbery, April 2.
1831. Wiliam Reynolds and William Marshall, for a rape, August 24.
1832. George Beck , George Hearson, and John Armstrong, for firing a silk-mill, Feb1
1833. William Clayton, for murder, April 2.
1834. William Hinckley, for murder, July 23.
1836. Richard Smith, for rape, march 30.
1839. John Driver, for murder, July 31.
1842. John Jones, for murder, March 23.
1844. William Saville, for murder, August 7.
1860. John Fenton, for murder, August 1.


About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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6 Responses to Executions at Nottingham 1720-1860

  1. Tony Rotherham says:

    1817. Charles Rotherham, for murder, July 28.
    One of my family. Oh dear we did have some bad lads with our blood.

  2. Ezzie Bromwich says:

    James Bromage is within my realm originally from Northamptonshire..

  3. Elizabeth Clifton says:

    Daniel Diggle is my great great great great uncle, hung in April 1817 for attempted murder. Was he a Luddite or Gangster – we’ll never know !

    • Malcolm H.D. Ellis says:

      Daniel Diggle was also my relative, I have researched the Diggle (my mothers maiden name) Durance, Ellis family trees and downloaded the circumstances of the trial and sentence. I have tried to get details of his brother, Nathan’s transportation to Australia, I believe he came back to England and married. Daniel got married just before his demise and had a daughter (lost track, maybe she changed her name) I can send you the enormous family tree of ALL the family members back as far as 1650 in one case, by Gedcom file if you need it.

  4. Ezziej Bromwich says:

    I researched James Bromage and family. It seems his father was Thomas and his mother was Mary and they died a few days apart along with one brother. I was unable to get any further with them although I do have the article about 1766 When James and William Wainwright were made to lay in their graves to make sure they fit before being hung for robbery.

  5. tonyproctor says:

    I did research into the family of George Hearson, d.1832, and wrote it up at http://parallax-viewpoint.blogspot.com/2016/10/more-on-george-hearson.html. This followed a more general article about the 1831 riots that already included a specific mention of George (http://parallax-viewpoint.blogspot.ie/2016/10/where-is-nottingham-castle.html#GeorgeHearson). I am not a known relative myself but I hope that descendant can be identified through my research.

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