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23 February 1907: Gibbet tree blown down in gale

PUBLISHED: 13:51 26 February 2007 | UPDATED: 14:28 07 September 2010

During the great gale last week the gibbet tree on Hampstead Heath near North End was blown down. This large elm tree was very old – about the same age as the celebrated eared elm until recently standing

23 February 1907: Gibbet tree blown down in gale

During the great gale last week the "gibbet tree" on Hampstead Heath near North End was blown down. This large elm tree was very old - about the same age as the celebrated eared elm until recently standing on the footpath near Heath House. Between the two trees was suspended the body of Jackson, a highwayman, for murdering Henry Miller near this spot in 1673. The gibbet post was later used as a mantle-tree over the kitchen fireplace in Jack Straw's Castle Hotel and the gibbet chains are still kept there.

In court, a factory girl of 16 spoke about losing an eye when she was on a roundabout and a shot went astray from the shooting range at a Hampstead Heath fair. The owner said there hadn't been an accident during the last 21 years. She is awarded £65 damages against the proprietor.


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