Some of the many Executions in Tudor and Stuart London

Plaque outside Tyburn Convent

Plaque outside Tyburn Convent

December 10th – On this day in 1541, Charles Wriothesley wrote in his Chronicle:

“Rafe Egerton, … one of my Lord Chancellor’s servants, and … Thomas Herman, sometime servant with Fleetwood, one of my Lord Chancellor’s gentlemen, were drawn from the Tower … to Tyburn, and there hanged and quartered for counterfeiting the King’s [Henry VIII’s] Great Seal”.

Site of Tyburn Tree

Tyburn Convent

Tyburn Convent

And on this day in 1610, the Roman Catholic Priest – and since 1970 Saint – John Roberts was taken to be hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for contraventing the “Act Forbidding Priests to Minister in England”.

In the event, the crowd, who revered him for the work he had done among them during an outbreak of  the plague in 1603, saw to it that he died by hanging and was spared  the suffering of drawing  and quartering.  What could be  salvaged of his body was taken to the Benedictine priory he had founded at Douai in northern France.  One of his finger bones is preserved as a holy relic in Tyburn Convent.

 

3 thoughts on “Some of the many Executions in Tudor and Stuart London

  1. rafterd1972

    Another extreme act of the cruelty men do to each other. I have friends in the Cotswold whose ole family home boasts a “Priests Hole” dating back to those intolerant times.

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