The Halifax Gibbet

The Halifax Gibbet

The most notable forerunner of the guillotine was in use in Halifax, England, from 1286 until 1650. Convicted criminals – those who stole goods assessed by four constables to be worth over 5p. – were taken to the gibbet on market day for execution. When the offender was placed with his head on the block every man nearby took hold of the rope and gave a mighty pull to unleash the pin and allow the blade to crash down, thereby placing justice into the hands of the people.

The Halifax Gibbet

4 thoughts on “The Halifax Gibbet”

  1. Your 5p is wrong! The law at that time allowed the death penalty for thefts valued at 12 old pence (one shilling). In Halifax the one shilling one penny, ie, 13 pennies.

  2. There is a program on the Halifax Gibbet this week on the History channel it is called ‘Surviving History’

  3. i want to be killed like that because it dosen’t look pain full
    i am not shore
    one question? ones you hsd your head chop of are u still alive for seconds or minutes?

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