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Following on from the story in " Foul Murders ",  the Butchered Bailif, a bit more about the subject. All three of them, Joseph, the father, and his two sons, Joseph Jnr, and Thomas Darby, were executed on the 11th August, 1759 at the old Shrewsbury Prison. The old mans body was returned to his remaining family, but Joseph Jnr and brother Thomas were further sentenced to be taken back and Gibbeted. This involved being bound in chains, inside an Iron cage, and suspended where all could see their fate. The spot chosen, may well have been on the Stourbridge Road, near to Short Cross, Halesowen, and where Alexander Road is today.  The old name of the first section of the road, up to the junction with Huntingtree Lane, was Gibbet Lane. Now I know it was long time ago, but if anyone has any further information, do please let me know, for our ancesters of old always had a good reason when it came to applying names.


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December 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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