Although construction of Newcastle Gaol was completed in 1828 the first execution to take place there was not until 1850. This is remarkably late in comparison to many other major towns and cities in England - executions in London moved from the open land of Tyburn to the exterior walls of Newgate Prison in 1783. Even in the North East Newcastle’s transition was relatively late with York moving to Castle executions in 1801 and Durham to executions on the external wall of the Court House that adjoined the prison in 1816. So why was Newcastle so late to make this adjustment?
My name is Dr. Patrick Low. I received my PhD in December 2019 for a thesis on capital punishment and post-mortem punishments in the North-East of England between 1752-1878. I am particularly interested in the reporting of executions in the press, postdeath practices on the body of the executed, the execution crowd and burial procedures. I have appeared on a number of episodes of BBC's Murder, Mystery and My Family and am available for other projects relating to my studies. I also created the website www.criminalcorpses.com for a brilliant Leicester University & Wellcome Trust Project. I am not quite as pretentious as my photo suggests. email@example.com