Category Archives: Nottinghamshire Crime and Punishment

William Saville: Murder in a Colwick Spinney

by Frank E Earp The name of Nottingham man William Saville is writ large in the annals of criminology and social history. It holds against it the direct responsibility for the deaths of at least 21 individuals and the serious … Continue reading

Posted in Nottinghamshire Crime and Punishment, Nottinghamshire People, Legends and Characters | Leave a comment

The Last Public Flogging in Nottingham

by Bill Carson The below extract is from Cornelius Brown’s- Notes About Notts, 1874: A correspondent says: I have a very vivid recollection that about the year 1830/1, I saw a person flogged in Nottingham, tied to a cart-tail, the … Continue reading

Posted in Nottinghamshire Crime and Punishment | Leave a comment

The Highwayman and the Hangman

by Frank E Earp This is the story of two men accused and convicted of ‘highway robbery’, – highwaymen, – and their executioners, – hangmen. In court records and other documents there are a number of men referred to as … Continue reading

Posted in Nottinghamshire Crime and Punishment | Leave a comment

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. … Continue reading

Posted in Nottinghamshire Crime and Punishment | 6 Comments

THE BODY SNATCHERS OF BARKER GATE

by Joe Earp With the development of the lace and textile trade in the 1700’s, the population of Nottingham began to increase. This industrial and population growth saw the area around St. Mary’s Church change from a semi-rural setting, – … Continue reading

Posted in Nottinghamshire Crime and Punishment | Leave a comment

An Execution On The Forest

by Joe Earp Recollections of a Nottingham Old Boy. Weekly Guardian. 1904: Mansfield Road in those days witnessed many scenes of terror and excitement, for the executions took place on what was then called Gallows Hill. The exact spot was the … Continue reading

Posted in Nottinghamshire Crime and Punishment | Leave a comment

The Gallows Hill of Nottingham

by Joe Earp James Granger, Old Nottingham, 1904: Up to 1800, the gallows, which was simply two uprights and a transverse beam, about four yards or a little more in height, remained permanently on the hill near the summit of Mansfield Road as … Continue reading

Posted in Nottinghamshire Crime and Punishment | Leave a comment