Sunday, 2 August 2009

Step Back In Time

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Three Stags Head is a pub all on it's own in more ways than one... I have never been in a pub like it... click the link above to see just what I mean... and please if ever you find yourself in this area at the weekend drop in...... it's like stepping back to time long gone. But beware... turn off your mobile phones as they are not welcome.. oh! and do not ask for a pint of lager as you will be shown the door ha! This pub is to be found in WARDLOW and one could so easily miss it..... but I'm glad we didn't.

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Wardlow Mires is famed as the last place a person was Gibbeted in England, after the murderer Anthony Lingard, was executed at Derby in 1815, and placed in the nearby Gibbet. Anthony Lingard was found guilty of the murder of a 70 year-old widow Hannah Oliver, who kept a toll-bar cottage opposite the inn. He broke into the cottage in the dead of night on Sunday 15th January 1815, he then strangled the widow with a scarf and robbed her of her money and a pair of red leather shoes. These shoes proved to be his downfall His girlfriend disliked the shoes, and more so the way he had come about them. She reported him to the police who found the red shoes hidden at Lingards home. The cobbler, Samuel Marsden from nearby Stoney Middleton, identified them as the pair he made for Hannah Oliver. Strange as it seems this was confirmed by a piece of packing he had used in the heel of one of the shoes on which were printed the words, `commit no crime’.
Lingard was hanged at Derby on March 28th 1815, and as was the custom back then, his corpse was hung close to the scene of the crime, in Gibbet Field at Wardlow. A short walk for the inn.

15 comments:

KAZ said...

Great to know there are some proper pubs left. But it's the driving to get there isn't it?

Tom said...

Hi Kaz...
One things for sure here... having one Pint of Black Lurcher renders you incapable of driving... I had 3 and could barely walk.. ha!

RuneE said...

It seems that I have to go back to that area some time, but my wife dies not like to drive on the wrong side of the road. What do we do?

Neal said...

Neat Tom. You always have some interesting places!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Gosh the narrative was more interesting than the photo, Tom. I did click the link though. And I really enjoyed this post.

imac said...

Wow, what a post Tom, ive bookmarked it.

Tricia said...

This makes fascinating reading Tom. I always knew that red shoes were dangerous things!

I shall be looking at this pub in more detail again.

DeeMom said...

neat

and the post before with trout

yum
fact we are having some WV trout this eve

"Sautéed Rainbow Trout with Green Tomato and Blackberry Sauce"

;)

Tom said...

Dee that recipe sounds stunning..

Coy said...

Tom, how I would love to accept your invatation! I always love your pictures and stories of your lovely countryside.

I love watching the brit tv programs that pbs airs over here. Your pics and stories tie in with them perfectly.

Have a great week my friend

Pat - Arkansas said...

Fascinating post, Tom. I had to laugh at your comment to Kaz re:Black Lurcher; sounds like my sort of drink. At 8% alcohol, that would be like drinking a half-pint or pint of wine at one go. If I come see you and go to visit the Three Stags' Heads, will you or Jane be my designated driver? LOL

I enjoyed the information about the pub, and the criminal who was gibbeted. Justice was served, I believe.

SandyCarlson said...

Now that's some wild history. So like a woman to be fussy about the footwear. But what a way to go!

Patty said...

Quite a piece of history. 3 pints, good grief, it's a wonder you weren't passed out. LOL

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Interesting bit of history, Tom, although a bit macabre. ;-) I had to click on the word gibbeted to find out what it means. I find it interesting that people might want to view a hanged person. EW!

Babooshka said...

The last person to be gibbeted. Only here would I come across such weird trivia. Kate Bush always knew those red shoes were trouble. Gory, but fascinating.