The Last Woman Executed

The first prisoner of Newcastle gaol to meet their death on the gallows was Jane Jameson in 1829, often recorded as Jamieson. She was also to be the last woman hanged in Newcastle and suffered the further ignominy of being the last prisoner of Newcastle to be publicly dissected, an additional punishment for the crime of murder until 1832. It may well be for these reasons that she has had such a lasting presence in the ephemera and histories of Newcastle and, if some ghostly reports are to be believed, still does - of which more later.