'But what I used to love myself even better, for it was still more lonely, was the heart of what were called "the Gibbet Woods." Here they hanged a man once who robbed the Royal Mail, and this unfortunate young man's indignant spirit seemed to keep people away from the spot.'
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963)
This post commemorates the event Powys refers to. The initials JU stand for Jack Upperton, although the date of the poor man's demise was 1771, not1774. He held up the King's Mail at Lyminster in September 1770, was tried at the Sussex Assizes at East Grinstead the following March and hanged at the notorious Horsham 'hang fair' in April. In accordance with the judge's directions, his body was then 'hung in chains on the most convenient spot upon Burpham New Down'.