Hello, I’m Jill Evans, and here are a few details about me:

I was born in County Durham, and spent most of my childhood in Darlington. Having messed up my A-levels, I flitted about for a while, living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Buckinghamshire, London and Newent in Gloucestershire. I worked at various theatres including at the Barbican for the Royal Shakespeare Company (nothing glamorous – office and front-of-house stuff). I also worked at a museum in Newent, and later for a brief spell at Gloucestershire Archives in Gloucester. In 1988, I became a (supposedly) mature student of history at the University of Kent in Canterbury. I came back to Newent in 1992, where I have lived ever since.

I became interested in crime history when I took a course on the subject as part of a Master of Arts degree in History, which I did with the Open University. I wrote my dissertation on `Female Offenders in Gloucestershire, 1750-1850.’

In 2002, I started up my own small business as a professional family history researcher, doing research at Gloucestershire Archives for people who could not do the work themselves. I continued to research crime in Gloucestershire in my spare time.

In 2010, I was given the opportunity to write a book for The History Press, called Hanged at Gloucester, which was about all the people hanged at Gloucester’s county and city prisons between 1792 and 1939. It was published in 2011. Two more books followed: The Gloucester Book of Days, published in January 2013, and Gloucester Murder & Crime, which came out in September 2013.

My latest book is A History of Gloucester Prison, 1791-1950, which was published in May 2017.

For more details on my publications, look at my BOOKS page.


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  1. A barrister friend has asked about more recent times
    About 50 years ago at Gloucester Assizes, a defendant was too deaf to follow the trial
    The judge sent him to hospital to be fitted with a deaf aid. He could hear well on his return & gave evidence. He was acquitted
    Do you have anything about this ?
    (2) Must download the Glos prison book on my Kindle
    Nicholas O’Brien

  2. I wonder if you can help me. I’ve been transcribing the records of a trial and subsequent appeal that took place in Cheltenham in 1832. Most of the affidavits were witnessed by J Neale, but one has a signature that I can’t quite work out. It looks like Henborough or Manborough, followed by ‘a Justice of the Peace for the County of Gloucester.’ I don’t suppose you know who that might be?
    Many thanks

    • Hi Louisa, the name doesn’t ring any bells and a search of my notes hasn’t come up with anyone likely, I’m afraid. Could you give me the name of the defendant in the case?

      • The defendent was Edward Blythe, but since only one of the affidavits was witnessed by this mystery person, I don’t think they were much involved.

      • I wonder if it might have been Lord Ellenborough, family name Edward Law. He lived at Southam House near Cheltenham and was a Gloucestershire justice of the peace, but not around very often as he was in the House of Lords from 1818. I did find an entry in the Glos Petty Sessions records for 1832 where he was one of the magistrates who presided over a case in Cheltenham, so it wasn’t unknown for him to do a bit of work as a magistrate on occasion.

      • That makes perfect sense, thank you! I had assumed there was a first initial, but taken as a single word ‘Ellenborough’ is a good fit.

  3. Hi Jill, I was given your details by ghe lovely ladies of All Things Georgian who said you may be able to assist me.
    As you will see, this is another missive from Australia, which from looking through the comments above, I see you probably already have had enough of!
    My questions mainly have to do with the trial procedures in Gloucester in the early C19th. I am researching the history of a young man who fought beside Nelson at Trafalgar and was later transported to Australia – one William Thomas Cooke – the tracking of who is complicated because he must have one of the most common names in British history!
    Most of my information comes from the Gloucestershire Prison Records 1728 – 1914.
    I have already tracked down much of the record pertaining to Cooke. He was sentenced by the Trinity Session of the Court of Assizes in Gloucester on April 30, 1819 and sentenced to 7 years transportation, arriving in Australia aboard the Mangles (1) in 1820.
    As I said my main questions are about procedures. For instance it seems Cooke was the only person sentenced to transportation in the Trinity Sessions of 118 prisoners. There is no plea recorded. Was he allowed to speak in his defence? If so, is that extant anywhere I could find, given that my research takes place at the end of a long thin internet connection!
    In addition he was “committed” – in this case I am not sure if this means prosecuted or presided over – by one Stephan Cave, a prominent member of the most prominent family in Bristol who you are of course very familiar with! Cave – an alderman and councillor, later sheriff, only presided ( once again, if that is what committed meant in this case) in three cases in this session and made just the one decision which was against Cooke. Why would Cave preside on just one case? Cooke was convicted and transported for stealing lead worth 20s from a premise in Bristol, so why would the trial take place in Gloucestershire? Was that normal? Was that perhaps the reason Cave presided? That seems excessive when looking at the sentence for similar crimes from the same court around the same time. While I
    So many questions and so few answers.- but as I wrote to the lovely ladies at ATG, it continually surprises and delights me that there are people such as yourself out there who are willing to help.
    Thank you very much in advance.

    • Hi Ken, thanks for your message.
      Regarding why Cooke was the only one sentenced to transportation at that session, I’ll have to have a look at the QS records to get some context. It might be that this was not the first time Cooke had appeared in court, so he received a harder sentence.
      Usually at this time trials were very fast and if prisoners were given a chance to speak, it would be quick. It varied a great deal, so it is hard to say whether Cooke would have spoken in his defence.
      Some parts of north Bristol came under the jurisdiction of the county of Gloucestershire, which is why he would have been tried at Gloucester (the county town) rather than Bristol.
      Most importantly, ‘committed’ just means Cave sent him to Gloucester Prison to await trial. He must have been the magistrate who heard the brief case against Cooke when he was arrested, decided there was a case to answer and committed him for trial. Cave would have had nothing to do with the sentence Cooke eventually received.
      I’ll have a look at the Quarter Sessions records to see if there is anything else I can tell you. Jill.

    • Right Ken, I have had a look at the Gaol Calendars and the Registers of Prisoners on Ancestry. 30 April 1819 was the date Cooke was committed to Gloucester Prison (by magistrate Cave) to await trial. His crime took place in St James, Bristol, which was part of the county of Gloucestershire. From the prison registers, he had not been in Gloucester Gaol previously. He was tried at the Gloucestershire Trinity Quarter Sessions on 13 July 1819 and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He was ‘removed’ from Gloucester Gaol on 16 July, probably being sent to the prison hulks to await transportation on the next available ship. The sentence which is handwritten against his name in the Trinity Gaol Calendars would have been added after the trial. Various other people had ‘guilty’ written beside their names but no sentence written in. A search through the prison register for the same period Cook was in gaol reveals that three other men were sentenced to 7 years transportation too, all for forms of theft. I hope all that helps. Jill.

  4. Hi Jill – I have been fascinated to read the information on this website and have downloaded your Glos Prison Book from Ancestry, which I look forward to reading. Also I enjoyed the 2015 article “Was buryed a prisoner from the Castle”: St Nicholas Parish Church, Gloucester, 1558-1785. The St Nicholas Church features prominently in my maternal family history with a surname of Heath. There is also a link to the Gloucester prison and Transportation activities for a John Heath (1699 – 1768) my 5 times Great Grandfather. I am sure that you would know that before convicts were transported to Australia they were previously transported to the “Americas” until the War of Independance began in 1775. My interest in this is that John Heath along with a Benjamin Hemming entered into Bonds to transport convicts to the “Americas” Copies of the Bonds can be found on Ancestry.co.uk as Gloucestershire, England, Prison Records, 1728 – 1914, Transportation Bonds. Also there is reference to the process at the Gloucestershire Archives under reference -Q – Gloucestershire Quarter Sessions, 2 – COURT IN SESSION – Alt ref Q/CB.
    I believe that many of the convicts may have been from Gloucester “Prison” and certainly were committed at the Gloucester Assizes. Each of the Bonds also names each convict and their sentence. There is a lot of information there that may be of interest to your followers.
    Coming back to my connection with John Heath I have not been able to establish whether he actually went to the Americas with the convicts or simply was a joint agent responsible for making sure that they were on board ship out of Bristol.
    Just another aside is that a sometimes witness to the Signature of Heath & Hemming was Robert Raikes (Senior) whose own story is quite interesting inasmuch as he founded the Gloucester Journal newspaper.
    When John Heath passed away in 1768 he was a comparatively wealthy Gloucester Citizen so the Convict Transportation must have been lucrative, since he came from fairly humble beginnings.
    Apologies for the length of this post but it may be of interest for Prison information prior to 1791

    • Hello John, thanks for getting in touch. I am fairly familiar with the transportation bonds and they can be a useful source. As far as I know, the people who entered into the contract and paid the bond did not as a rule transport the convicts themselves, but were responsible for making sure the prisoners got to their ship and sailed, arrived at their destination and stayed there for the term they were sentenced to. Best wishes, Jill.

  5. Dear Jill,
    I am a member of the Ryedale Family History Society, North Yorkshire. I have discovered that my 3rd great grandfather, William Campion, was imprisoned for three years in Gloucester gaol in 1840. He was later released early due to ill health. I have bought your book about the prison, read from other sources and have now written an article for our society magazine. I would like your permission to use some quotations and other information that you have sourced. I will gladly acknowledge all the help that you have given. I would be happy to send you a copy of the article which might add some further information for you about one particular prisoner.
    Yours sincerely,
    David Campion

    • Dear David, yes, I am happy for you to quote from my work as long as you acknowledge me. I would love to read your article. I will send you an e-mail with my e-mail address. Jill.

  6. Dear Jill
    Just came across your name while researching my ancestor gt x 4 Thomas Cunningham who was Governor of Gloucester Goal for many years late 1700s-early 1800s. His father William Cunningham was also Governor for a short time. Another son Ralph Cunningham was involved at Horsley house of correction in the 1700s. Seemed to run in the family. Are you interested in their history?
    Kind regards

    • Hi Claudie, yes I am interested in the Cunningham’s who played such a big part in the new prison and houses of correction which opened in 1791. I wrote about them in my book ‘A History of Gloucester Prison’, in the section on governors. It does seem to have been a family profession for about 50 years!

  7. Hi Jill,

    I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch. I’d very much like to speak with you about a documentary history television programme I’m currently working on, looking at a historic criminal case that occurred in Gloucestershire in the 1920s. Would you have a spare moment to speak with me on the phone in the next day or two about the programme and your research?


  8. Hello. Interesting website. I wondered if anyone else was interested in the gang who stole/handled stolen goods from the Uley Cloth Mill robbery in 1819? (Nathaniel and Daniel Lloyd’s mills). Am pretty sure my ancestor was one of them – Joseph Herring who was transported on The Maria in 1820 to Van Dieman’s Land. He died there – obviously kept reoffending and didn’t get home. He was a navvie and brick-maker. But I’m also interested in the family he left behind who then had to struggle even more – some eventually stayed in Bristol, working in the huge Cotton Factory there. Others went to Salford, again to the cotton factories. I saw a newspaper cutting about the robbery once – worth hundreds of pounds – but haven’t found it since. Thanks a lot.

  9. Was there a prison in Bitton in the 1650s? I have read that a prison there was used to hold prisoners bound for transportation. I have an ancestor who may have been one of them, William Kidney, who ended up in Barbados about 1658. Or he may simply have been an indenture. Thanks! Great site!

    • Hi Lyn, I haven’t heard of a prison in Bitton, but 1658 is earlier than most of the surviving prison records. I’ll have a dig round and get back to you if I find anything. Jillx

  10. Hi Jill
    My Great, great, great grand father William Bragge (1797 1861) was tried at Cloucester Asizes in 1818 and sent to Sydney. His future wife, Ann Rumsby became innocently embroiled in a significant scandal in the colony. see attached link
    Wiilliam’s stated occupation at court was Apothecary at Royal Bristol Infirmary for previous 3 1/2 years.
    Given this position it has always seemed unlikely that “receiving stolen goods” was his actual crime. A cousin wrote the entire history of Bragge’s in Australia. For forty years our family have searched for trace of him in Bristol/Gloucester area and beyond. No Bragge family will own him. He was an absolute model citizen in Sydney including working as an Apothecary at the Paramatta Hospital in Sydney.
    He was arrested and convicted on the same day that he married Hannah, who was charged with stealing the goods. I have read the history of the Royal Bristol Infirmary and found that the Apothecaries were highly educated and extremely well funded by their families to study there. Our guess is that as a young trainee Doctor ( which is what the Apothecaries in Bristol were) he came from a upper class family and he was marrying against their wishes. We further guess that setting him up for transportation and expunging from all public records was their solution. By the way Hannah only got 2 years jail and not transportation.
    Bragge is an uncommon name and quite easy to trace. There are a couple of upper class Bragge families in Sth western England in the early C19th. We would love some clues about our missing family.
    regards, Michael Bragge

  11. Hello Jill,

    What an interesting website… this is one that I’ll come back to again and again. Actually, I stumbled upon it after doing some research for a friend of mine who lives here in Gibraltar/Spain area. I’m doing his family history and one of his forbears was a Richard Hill, a footman/servant living with his ‘wife’ Maria (they never married because she was already married to a chap in Poole, Dorset – and thereby hangs a tale!). They had 3 children, Richard Hill born in Cheltenham in 1826, William Giles Hill born in Cheltenham in 1829 and Mary Ann born in 1830 in Cheltenham. The youngest child, Mary died a few years after giving birth to a Maria Hosier Jackson Hill! The middle child, William, went on to become a poulterer and ended his life in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire in 1903. However, the oldest son, Richard, seems to have been in trouble from the early teens and even gave his father some stolen beef which got his father jailed too (both suffering hard labour) until, finally, in 1843 for the crime of theft, I think, he was sent on a prison ship to Tasmania, via the ‘Justitia’ a prison hulk in Woolwich, where I believe he stayed for the rest of his life in Hobart. I would appreciate any further information you might have on either of the Richard Hills…but I realise that they weren’t ‘high flyers’ in terms of crime and so may not be known to you.

    However, this is a website that I’ll visit again… crime and criminals of the past are always interesting… it must be in the genes as my father was a Manchester City Policeman! Ha! Thanks for all your hard work… fascinating stuff!

    • Hello, thanks for your kind comments! I can’t find anything in my old research notes about Richard Hill, but I’ll let you know if I come across anything in the future.

  12. Dear Jill

    Thank you so very much. I have arisen in the dark and cool of what is our Australian winter and saw your message and my heart leapt with joy to read what you have written. With a hot cup of tea to warm me up and eager eyes, I read your message several times not wanting to miss a single thing.

    I think your pretty special. That you have taken the time with my request, a total stranger, is very much appreciated as is your pointing me into a direction that can help me find out more.

    Family history is so fascinating. I suppose because I am the youngest of my family siblings whose parents were also the youngest by quite some considerable margin, meant that I spent a great deal of time as a child just listening to family stories from much older relatives who were mostly retired and ready to walk down remembering past lives and stories of what was in their youth. That in all probability is where my interest initially began I should imagine. Now I have so many stories to uncover and document for my children to one day read.

    Eliza Newthe is just one more fascinating piece in that great jigsaw puzzle called a family.

    I shall let you know how I get on.

    Kind regards


  13. Hello Jill
    Luckily came across your site looking for information about Gloucester. I have never been to Britain so to me its a small pretty rural town here in NSW and was a school house during my primary school years. Like many Australians my family came here in part as convicts or those who guarded them or as free settlers and some even on Irish Bride ship during the famine. Whilst my names are Irish I am a quarter English, quarter Scot, a quarter Irish and the other quarter is half Welsh half Cornish so my ancestry is a good mix of Britain I suppose. One of my ancestors came here from Gloucester. Her name was Elizabeth Newthe (or Eliza North) and she was tried at the Gloucester Assizes in the 1828 and was given 14 years and she sailed on the Lucy Davidson arriving in Sydney November 1829. She soon was married to another former convict called Thomas Clark. They eventually made their way to a place near present day Goulburn where they settled taking up a land grant. I know nothing of her what she did or even what life was like for women back then in Gloucester – can you help me please. I can tell you that she had quite a few children and one married an Irishman called Lawler and he rode with the infamous Clark Gang who were notorious bushrangers and murderers. They were captured and hung. One of their daughters was my great grandmother who when she died in 1922 was called the Poor Peoples Friend such was her humanitarian work with those in need. She herself was a single mother at just 15, had already lost her mother, was caring for her younger siblings and her infant daughter (my grandmother) when a mighty explosion killed her step father in the Bulli coal mine along with 85 others – her father was rotting in prison due to his association with the Clark Gang. Somehow she came from this hard destitute life (she was very pretty and married Noah Hobbs a Welsh coal miner who raised my grandmother as his own daughter) ) to establish her own lying in hospital and become a leading local midwife where understandably she developed a soft spot for unwed mothers and those in need hence her name the Poor Peoples Friend. Now we Australians very carefully hid our convict roots and bush ranging past in Victorian times so its not easy to know what the original crimes were. If you are able to help me find out something of Elizabeth Newthe or North I would be most grateful.

    Hope you can help me

    Kind regards

    • Hi Dan,

      Thanks for your message. It is always interesting to hear what happened to transportees once they had left Britain. I have had a look in my notes for Elizabeth Newthe. I have her listed as Eliza Newthe, aged 25, from Dursley, and a burler. (Burling was removing knots and loose threads from finished cloth.) She was committed to Gloucester Gaol in November 1828, and sentenced to 14 years transportation at the Gloucestershire Assizes in April 1829, for receiving stolen goods. The goods were stolen by George Ludlow alias Duddle, George Hill and Daniel Ludlow, who were all sentenced to transportation for life. If you go on the website of Gloucestershire Archives and then search for Eliza Newthe on the Genealogical Database, you will see her in the indexes of the gaol registers, and if you wish you can order a copy of her gaol record (for a fee). This should give a description of her and details of her crime. I’m afraid I can’t look into her life in any detail, as I don’t have time, but you can find a list of professional researchers on the Gloucestershire Archives website who could help you. The website address is http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives. You might also find Elizabeth Newthe if you search the Gloucestershire records on http://familysearch.org. The Gloucestershire Family History Society website (http://gfhs.org.uk) might also be of interest to you. I hope this helps! Jill.

  14. Hi Jill,
    I am in the hopes that you can help. I am a direct descendant of William Jewell who was hanged at Gloucester Prison in 1799, I have discovered a pamphlet about his case in the records office but I wondered if you knew any more about him??? all we ever knew was that he had gone to prison and that was why we had to sell the small holding we had in Sherborne, Glos. We Jewells are still at Sherborne btw. Please please do get in touch. I am a historian such as yourself and I am the custodian of the Sherborne estate archive which is a tale best kept for another time. Many thanks Byron

    • Hello Byron,thanks for your message. William Jewell was in my book Hanged at Gloucester. I will have a look at my notes and send you an e-mail with details. It might not be for a few days, though.

      • I have only just ordered up your book 🙂 William, was enigmatic figure within my family, all I ever could get from my Grandfather was that William had gone to prison but nobody seemed to know why until I started doing some digging!

        I am in the hopes that your notes will enlighten us some more on the man and his case, we are also in the hopes that we might learn the fate of his remains too.

        I look forward to your email, never fear I am very happy to wait. Thank you for your help.


  15. I have a couple of prison cell doors which are reputed to come from Gloucester Prison, I would guess that stylistically they may date from the 1791 period rather than 1840. Do you know of any information about the cell doors at these dates? They have some name inscriptions on them.

    Many thanks


    • Hello Bry. The earliest cell blocks still standing at the prison date from the 1840s, and a few of the doors were pointed out as being “original” when I went on a tour there last year. The rest had been replaced by more modern versions. I have a photo somewhere of one of the 1840 doors, which I could send by e-mail if you like, for you to compare. I would be interested to know the names on your doors.

    • I have seen this, Guy, yes. I tried to get permission to reproduce the original gallows photograph in ‘Hanged at Gloucester’, but couldn’t get permission in time. Very annoying! Your website looks very interesting.

  16. I know that the grandparents of Matthew, Henry and Samuel were Thomas and Sarah Pinnell (nee Offer) who married at Berwick Bassett in 1747 but I don’t know anything more about Thomas. The later generations seem to have had more than their fair share of bad luck and tragedy, with deaths of adults in Gloucester lunatic asylum and children being crushed by a runaway traction engine at Stanway.

  17. Thank you for this information. It is sad but interesting.
    I am a descendant of the Samuel Pinnell who was transported to Australia in 1820. The name changed from Pinnell to Pennell with the next generation in Australia.
    If anyone would like to contact me about the Pinnell (Aussie Pennell) family history, I would be happy to hear from them.
    Helen Draper

  18. I would be interested if you have ever found anything referring to the Sinn Fein prisoners sent to Gloucester(and Usk) prisons in I believe 1918. I seem to remember they were rounded up in Ireland and remanded without charge and were kept in these prisons for some time before being released.

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  20. Criminals from Crudwell

    The village of Crudwell is located on the main road from Malmesbury to Cirencester [now the A429], developing around a well reputed to quench the thirst better than other water, and was listed in the Domesday Survey of 1086.

    My Pinnell ancestors moved to Crudwell sometime before1782 when Samuel Pinnell married Sarah Parker, daughter of John & Mary Parker, at the parish church of All Saints. Samuel Pinnell was the fourth of eight children born to Thomas & Sarah Pinnell at Brinkworth and baptised in June 1754. Thomas Pinnell had married Sarah Offer[?] at Berwick Bassett parish church in October 1747. Thomas was probably the son of another Thomas Pinnell and baptised at Biddestone in 1720 although there is a family tale that he came from Enford, south of the Vale of Pewsey.

    Samuel and Sarah Pinnell had seven children baptised at Crudwell parish church between 1783 and 1797. The first hint that the Pinnell family had criminal tendencies was in 1820 when their sixth son, another Samuel then aged 25, was sentenced to seven years for stealing geese and transported to New South Wales in the “Asia”.

    My direct ancestor was Matthew, baptised in 1790 and married to Elizabeth Aldridge or Eldridge at Crudwell in October 1811. Elizabeth had an interesting background as the 1783 baptism entry in the parish register for the Gloucestershire village of Duntisbourne Abbots stated “Betty Eldridge, daughter of Hester Townsend, bastard” with her mother marrying William Eldridge a month later.

    Matthew and Elizabeth had four sons – Thomas, Robert, Moses and Samuel – between 1813 and 1822 and moved to Newington Bagpath in Gloucestershire circa 1814/5. My direct line comes down through Thomas and I am in contact with descendents of Moses and Samuel. It would be wonderful if there is a descendent of Robert Pinnell, born 1816 at Newington Bagpath, out there somewhere.

    On 17th December 1828, Matthew Pinnell and his youngest brother Henry attacked James Kearsey of Rodmarton as he returned from market and stole a watch, over £60 in notes, a quantity of silver and a key. Earlier that day, the two brothers had been drinking in a local pub, known as Trouble House Inn, when they saw Mr Kearsey go past on his way to Tetbury and commented on his affluence. They reputedly waylaid Mr Kearsey by shouting ‘stand and deliver’, hitting him with a stick and threatening him with a large pistol. The brothers were presumably illiterate as they had to ask an acquaintance, Thomas Cornwall, in nearby Wotton-under-Edge the value of the various bank notes that they had stolen. Realising the seriousness of their crime, they went ‘on the run’ but were caught at the Bell Inn in Salisbury by Charles Cogwell, a constable from Wotton-under-Edge, ten day later.

    From assorted contemporary written sources, there seems to be some disagreement over where Matthew and Henry were living in 1828. They were variously described as being of Avening, Rodborough, Estcourt or Eastcourt, Crudwell and Newington Bagpath. Their victim, James Kearsey, was an ancestor of Dr Hugh Kearsey, former chairman of the Gloucestershire Family History Society and recent recipient of the Society of Genealogists’ Certificate of Recognition.

    As the offence was committed in Gloucestershire, Matthew and Henry appeared at the Gloucester Assizes in April 1829. The jury returned a verdict of ‘guilty’ of the crime of highway robbery and the judge passed a sentence of death for them both. The brothers were executed at Gloucester gaol after taking an affectionate leave of each other in the prison chapel. Matthew, described as a ‘powerful man of six feet in height’, died quickly but for Henry, who was shorter and more muscular, the knot on the noose slipped and his convulsions were more protracted. After the hanging, their bodies were reported to have been handed over to their friends for interment. It was more common at this time for such cadavers to be used in dissection for medical research. The burial places of Matthew and Henry Pinnell have not yet been identified. A later newspaper report suggests that they were buried at Newington Bagpath church but there is no entry in the parish register.

    Nikki Bosworth (Miss)
    Member no. 5328

    • Fascinating, Nikki, than you. Regarding whether the Pinnell brothers were taken away for burial by their families, this could be true, as by law only murderers had to be sent to be anatomized. Executed prisoners were sometimes buried in churchyards without ceremony or entry in the parish registers. I have recently come across a newspaper report which says Henry requested that his body be handed over to his mother. I will do an updated post about burials of prisoners soon.

  21. I have had an article about my Pinnell ancestor who was hanged in Gloucester Prison in 1829 published in the Wiltshire FHS Journal in the most recent issue (no.132) if you are interested.

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