Tyburn

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Once one of the most feared placenames in the country, today "Tyburn" has ceased to exist as a place, living on only in legend and in the names of local businesses. But once it was a veritable death factory - the place where the state chose to execute some of its most famous opponents, who died in ignomy alongside petty thieves and villains.

Once an unremarkable village in its own right, Tyburn soon lost its identity to became known as the most famous place of execution in the land - with thousands of criminals being despatched by the noose. Among the famous people to meet their end at this spot were Jack Sheppard and vast numbers of heretics, including many Catholic Martyrs

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 24th April 2012 | © Weird Island 2010-2018
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