John Thorne of Alton Barnes

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  1. euryalus

    euryalus Well-Known Member

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    Are there any on-line sources for UK executions? I am looking for information about the demise of a man called John Thorne (also known as 'Jack the Painter') who was paid the sum of £20 to design and cut-out the Alton Barnes white horse. In the event, Thorne sub-contracted the excavation work to John Harvey of Stanton St Bernard, and then absconded with the money that had been provided by a local gentleman farmer. It is said that Thorne was eventually hanged for other crimes, but I have been unable to find details of the hanging in any of the on-line newspapers. I am assuming that the execution would have taken place between 1812 and about 1830.
     
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    Mealymoo A Busy Lizzy

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    This site apparently ' details most criminal executions carried out in Britain between 1100 and 1964. '

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    britishexecutions.co.uk/index.php?time=1438786015
     
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    During that sort of period, more and more death sentences were commuted to transportation.

    Have you checked the Criminal Registers (HO27) available on Ancestry?
     
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    "British Executions" looks like an interesting site - I will have a look and see if anything turns up.
     

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