Coleridge Way

Walford’s Gibbet

Walford’s Gibbet

In 1789 convicted murderer John Walford was given a last mug of ale at the Globe Inn on his way to the gallows, and his tragic (and pregnant) mistress Ann climbed sobbing into the cart with him and had to be removed by the Peace Officers.

Hanged on a 30-foot gibbet for the murder of his wife (also pregnant by him), Walford's body was left suspended in a cage here as an example to other miscreants. After a year and a day, it is said to have fallen to the ground, and he was buried where he fell.


 

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