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Many years ago when executions in Nottingham were held in public The gallows of Nottingham was situated where the entrance to the Church Cemetery now stands.

The condemned person was transported in the back of a cart from the town to Gallows Hill to meet their fate. One man on his way up the hill was offered a last drink at the Nags Head public house on Mansfield Road.(as was the custom for all prisoners).

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The man who was distraught,declined the offer saying he just wanted the deed over with. Just as the man had stopped swinging on the end of the rope and the crowd had started dispersing, a messenger came galloping up from the town

with a reprieve for the unfortunate fellow.

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One man on his way up the hill was offered a last drink at the Nags Head public house on Mansfield Road.(as was the custom for all prisoner

The man who was distraught,declined the offer saying he just wanted the deed over with. Just as the man One man on his way up the hill was offered a last drink at the Nags Head public house on Mansfield Road.(as was the custom for all prisoners)

The man who was distraught,declined the offer saying he just wanted the deed over with. Just as the man had stopped swinging on the end of the rope and the crowd had started dispersing, a messenger came galloping up from the town

with a reprieve for the unfortunate fellow. had stopped swinging on the end of the rope and the crowd had started dispersing, a messenger came galloping up from the town

with a reprieve for the unfortunate fellow

:D And the moral of the story when they shout last orders get another one in because you never know, that one could save your life :D

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Or..."DRINK NOTTINGHAM ALE AND YOU WILL LIVE LONGER. I wonder if it would be a pint of Shippo's

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Does anyone know what Year Shippos started?

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1852. thats 100 years before I was born :Shock:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/entertainm...hipstones.shtml

I can still taste the best bitter ever made in Nottingham. HB was too sweet for my palette as was HH, although I do like the HH Old Trip - sadly no more.

The old Shipstones Social Club on Radford Road, now the Horse & Groom is a really nice boozer with excellent beer and great food.

http://www.horseandgroombasford.com/

Until recently, (they moved out) I used to look over the Air Conditioning in the offices of Scottish & Newcastle in the old Shippo's factory. Sad day when it all closed. My brother in law, when he was at University years ago (retired now) got a part time job at shippo's during the Christmas period. His job was to be a BEER TASTER ! - pissed every day for a fortnight. :victory:

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The last public hanging in Nottingham was on 10th August 1864 outside the Shirehall. I am quite familiar with this case as he murdered his parents very close to where I live. The condemned man Richard Parker's scratched  his initials on the wall in the excercise yard at the Shirehall which you can still see today if you go to the galleries of justice. He was also buried beneath the yard there. A judge does an excellent talk on the murder occasionally for local history groups.

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Somewhat off-topic but, I think I read somewhere (during my Christmas visit to the UK) that the Shakespeare St. synagogue had closed and was up for sale, is that correct? I went to a couple of weddings there way back in the '60's.

Don't know why I remember this but the Rabbi at that time was Rabbi Posen. Anyone have any memories of him?

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It's been obtained by Trent university (Jan 2017) to be altered and used for degree and other award ceremonies. A rebuilt rear extension is planned to be used as a music centre. This from the Nottingham Post.

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Just finished reading "Saville's Spinney: True Story of the Colwick Murders of 1844" by Mike Sheridan, who I believe used to post on here (maybe still does).

 

Very enjoyable, very readable for a history book and well worth the 2 quid or so it costs to download from Amazon Kindle. Quite lengthy and has verbatim witness testimony.

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10 hours ago, jonab said:

Somewhat off-topic but, I think I read somewhere (during my Christmas visit to the UK) that the Shakespeare St. synagogue had closed and was up for sale, is that correct? I went to a couple of weddings there way back in the '60's.

Don't know why I remember this but the Rabbi at that time was Rabbi Posen. Anyone have any memories of him?

 

I don't remember the Rabbi, but, like you I went to a wedding there in the 60s.  Probably just missed you.  The bride was a friend of my late wife's.  Interesting experience though I didn't understand most of the symbolism at the time.

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Saville never admitted killing his children. Said his wife did it whilst he had gone some distance away to have a pee - she certainly was a desparate lady by this time. He did own up to killing her in a rage when he saw what she’d done and quite accepted his fate. Very little blood on his clothing, just a few small spots on his trousers. Declined to give a speech from the scaffold, as was his right, saying that they wouldn’t believe him.

 

Mmmm... who knows?

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I heard or read somewhere that Albert Pierrepont stayed on Burlington Road in Sherwood when doing his hangman duties in Nottingham.   

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Oh ok, someone told me a fib or maybe it was another hangman who popped by now and again, when required.    

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Albert Pierrepont  was noted to have executed 688 condemned men & women during his time as Britain's senior hangman.

Hangmen & their assistant had to report to the prison on the afternoon before an execution. Being confined themselves to the prison until the execution was over.

They were not allowed to lodge or stay anywhere else.

One assistant hangman was Syd Dernley from Mansfield Woodhouse who  assisted Pierrepont a number of times.

2 books worth reading are "Executioner Pierrepont" & a "Hangman's Tale" by Syd Dernley which I've just finished reading !

 

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That's a valid question NBL.  I'd be interested to hear the answer if there is one.

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10 hours ago, catfan said:

One assistant hangman was Syd Dernley from Mansfield Woodhouse who  assisted Pierrepont a number of times.

2 books worth reading are "Executioner Pierrepont" & a "Hangman's Tale" by Syd Dernley which I've just finished reading !

They are indeed worth reading, Catfan! Syd Dernley, I believe, spent time behind bars himself due to his habit of distributing pornography. Something he omits mention of in his book.

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16 hours ago, IAN123. said:

Indeed,but the boy witness above in a nearby tree saw different?

Maybe somebody has more info?

Wonder if that famed Pierrepoint fella ever came to Nottm?

 

Apparently, the boy witness story, although widely known, is a myth. There never was a “boy in a tree”, and the reporting and witness statements of the time never mention one!

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I wonder why, Albert pierrpont never did any hangings at Nottingham!. Although he did at Lincoln and Leicester prisons?

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I know the answer, Nottingham city council wouldn't spend money on anything that makes sense. They were saving up for some rubbish ideas!!.

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Only if your on the council.

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