|Crime and Punishment: Wych, Andrews and Williams|
by Bill McCann
London’s streets have always been crime-ridden. This series presents the tales of some of the individuals convicted of crimes, small and great, at the Middlesex and London assizes, Star Chamber, Court of Aldermen, etc. and their subsequent fate. Tyburn and Newgate are words that are resonant with the extremes of punishment in the 18th and 19th centuries and, naturally, both loom large in the series. However, there will also be articles on some of the more famous crimes in London’s more recent history.
Crime and Punishment: Wych, Andrews and Williams
by Bill McCann
George Wych, Thomas Andrews alias Anderton, William Williams, all three convicted for robberies on the high-way at the Old Bailey on February 25th 1731 and hanged in early March.
George Wych was near 18 years old, of a good family, brought up at Westminster school, which leaving, he joined himself with whores, thieves, and such like other abandoned wretches, gaming away his money and sometimes his clothes; at last he ran away from his mother, his father being beyond sea, and never appeared again till taken up for two robberies. He seemed to have but little contrition but what proceeded from the near approach of death.
Thomas Andrews, alias Anderton, aged 19 and born in Worcestershire was Wych’s companion and suffered for the same crime, and had much the same character with his associated, both in life and death.
William Williams, aged 30, born in Yorkshire, and partner with the other two in the same crimes; said his business was to travel the country as a chapman; that the cause of this misfortune was poverty which he was reduced to by his wife’s sickness; and that he was in a manner forced into this action by the curses, threats and imprecations of his companions and fellow sufferers. For which he was heartily sorry and forgave all injuries done him.