Image from page 218 of "Old and new London : a narrative of its history, its people, and its places" (1873)
Authors: Thornbury, Walter, 1828-1876
Publisher: London : Cassell, Petter, & Galpin
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lf apprehendedalreadly; now the constable is carrying me to New-gate ; now, now, Im in the Sessions House, in thedock_; now Im called; Not guilty, my lord.The jury has found the indictment, hilla vera.Now, now, comes my sentence. Now Im in the regicide party, to the fatal tree, with halters roundtheir necks. Miles Corbet, the regicide also,having been arrested on the Continent, was broughtto London, dragged through the streets hither, andexecuted. Evelyn, in his Diary, under date January 30,1661, -the first anniversary of the murder ofCharles I. since the Restoration, writes :— Thecarcases of those rebels, Cromwell, Bradshaw, thejudge who condemned his Majesty, and Ireton(son-in-law to the Usurper), were dragged out oftheir superb tombs in Westminster among thekings to Tyburn, and hanged on the gallows therefrom nine in the morning till six at night, andthen buried under that fatal and ignominiousmonument in a deep pit, thousands who had seen Tyburn.] EXECUTION OF THE REGICIDES. 199
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OLD AND NEW LONDON. [Tyburn. them in all their pride being spectators. How farthis deep pit can be regarded as really the lastresting-place of Cromwells body may be inferredfrom what we have already ^vritten on the subject,in our account of Red Lion Square, Holborn.* In the New View of London, published in1708, no mention is made of either Oxford orUxbridge Road, but the thoroughfare is enteredas Tyburn Road. It is thus described as lying between St. Giles Pound, east, and the laneleading to the Gallows, west, 350 yards in length.The writer adds:—This street has its name asbeing the next street to Tyburn, the place forexecution of all such malefactors, generally speak-ing, as have committed acts worthy of death withinthe City and Liberties of London and Countyof Middlesex. I have known, he continues, nineteen executed at one sessions, though theseare held about eight times a year; but this isnear twenty years ago. He then congratulatesthe nation on the decrease in the number ofexecu
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