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Snippets from Poole Archives

When Poole had a gallows

User Avatar Penelope Lovesy 28/06/2020 15:06:01

The Poole archives contain an account in 1573 of expenses relating to the town gallows:


For timber for the gallows and for making and setting them up             8 shillings and 2 pence

For the hangman’s reward                                                                      6 shillings and 8 pence

To Peter Whiffen for irons                                                                       3 shillings and 4 pence

To the porters for guarding the prisoners                                               1 shilling and 4 pence


Note: The irons were probably leg restraints to stop the prisoners escaping.


This document is in the care of the Dorset History Centre: 26.4 The Great Book


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