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Crime and Punishment: Witherington, Woodward and Philpot

Who, early in the Reign of James I, were the first to hear the Exhortation of the Bellman of St Sepulchre’s. WITHERINGTON was the son of Avery worthy gentleman of Carlisle, in the county of Cumberland, who possessed a plentiful estate, and brought up his children handsomely and suitably to his condition. Thomas, of whom we […]

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Crime and Punishment: Thomas Wynne

Wynne was a very successful burglar and thief during the reign of Elizabeth I. Following the brutal murder of a rich merchant and his wife, Wynne took ship with his wife, children and ill-gotten fortune for the colonies in Virginia. There he prospered and became very wealthy. After twenty years in Virginia, he decided that he […]

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Crime and Punishment: Catherine Hayes

Catherine Hayes who, with others, foully murdered her husband, was burned alive on 9th of May, 1726. NewgateCatherine Hayes was the daughter of a poor man named Hall, who lived at Birmingham, and having remained with her parents until she was fifteen years of age, a dispute then arose, in consequence of which she set […]

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Crime and Punishment: Lord Stourton And Four Of His Servants

Executed 6th of March, 1556, for the Murder Of William Hartgill, Esq., and his Son John, of Kilmington, Somerset, after an implacable Persecution. On the 28th of February, 1556, Lord Stourton was arraigned at Westminster Hall before the judges and several of the council. It was long before he would answer to the charge laid […]

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Crime and Punishment: Captain John Sutherland

CAPTAIN JOHN SUTHERLAND Commander of the British Armed Transport, The Friends. Executed at Execution dock, on the Banks of the Thames, 29th of June, 1809, for the Murder of his Cabin-Boy. NewgateAT the Admiralty Sessions, on Friday, the 22nd of June, 1809, before Sir William Scott, President, and Sir Nash Grose, one of the judges of the […]

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Crime and Punishment: Eliza Fenning

The 22-year old Eliza Fenning was indicted at the Old Bailey for that she, on the 21st day of March, 1815, feloniously and unlawfully did administer to, and cause to be administered to, Orlibar Turner, Robert Gregson Turner and Charlotte Turner, his wife, certain deadly poison – to wit, arsenic – with intent to kill […]

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Crime and Punishment: Out of thine own mouth…

At the Old Bailey Session on September 9th 1674, a person unnamed was indicted for highway robbery. He conducted his own defence and got just a little carried away . . . NewgateOne of the specialised itinerant dealers in 17th century England was the Higgler. He bought up poultry and dairy produce in the countryside, […]

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Crime and Punishment: Jack Sheppard the Great Escaper

A Daring Housebreaker, who made Ingenious Escapes from Prison and even tried to foil his Executioner at Tyburn on 16th of November, 1724 NewgateAlthough only in the twenty-third year of his age when he was executed at Tyburn, on the 16th of November, 1724, Jack Sheppard had become so notorious as a housebreaker and prison-breaker […]

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Crime and Punishment: John Wilkes, Rabble-rouser

John Wilkes was one of the great and flamboyant figures in London’s history. He was an Alderman, Lord Mayor, Member of Parliament and a member of the Hell-Fire Club who enjoyed wide popular support. He opposed Bute’s Administration, was convicted of seditious libel and expelled from the House of Commons – twice. He also secured […]

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Crime and Punishment: Riley and Nutts

James Riley And Robert Nutts were executed before Newgate, 24th of June, 1801, for Highway Robbery. They were convicted in the previous January but owing to the indisposition of the king who could not sign the death warrants, they were “reserved” until June. They were hanged on what was a very busy day at Newgate. […]