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1838 Dinah Jones

A servant girl from Chorley, she had given birth to a girl, Harriet, some 11 months before, and the child had been placed with a family. Dinah took the child back, as she could no longer afford to pay on her servants wage. The body of the child was found in a shallow grave near a brook, covered by some large flat stones.
At her trial she was found guilty, and sentenced alongside Ann Byron, similarly convicted of the murder of her child. The jury recommended mercy on account of her youth – sentence was commuted to 5 years hard labour.

1838 Ann Byrom

Convicted at the 1838 Summer Assizes for the murder of her illegitimate child, the judge, Baron Gurney specified her execution should be for 1st September, but the sentence was commuted to 5 years hard labour. She was from Stockport, and the petition for her reprieve came from there.

1907 George Huxham

sentenced to death for the murder of  72 year old Hannah Williams, through largely circumstantial evidence. Hannah had been subject to an attack, and suffered head and neck wounds, as well as 9 broken ribs Huxham had been to the house earlier with Hannah’s 27 year old daughter, and had left, and arranged to meet the daughter at 7.00p.m., although she instead went for a drink with another man. Several witnesses identified Huxham, and the jury recommended mercy, and sentence was commuted.

1906 Denis MacNamee

Sentenced to death for the murder of his 2 year old daughter, he was in the condemned cell at knutsford when the reprove arrived on April 3rd.He cut her throat after returning from his night shift, as a ‘doubler’.
The jury recommended mercy, and his wife had organised a petition of 15,000 the basis of which was his insanity, at the time.

1858 Henry Bloomfield

He killed his wife with a hatchet, in the small farm they lived at near Lyme Park. He was found to be insane, and was ordered to be taken to Bedlam Hospital in London.
For the journey, he was taken by train with a warder and a turkey, and a young boy returning to reformatory school. The compartment was locked (!), and when it came out of a tunnel near Watford, Bloomfield stuck the Warder, and leapt from the window into a forested area. A reward of £5 was offered.
He was recaptured when attempting to go to his Uncle’s house at Earl Soham.

1907 Thomas Parrett

Sentenced to death when aged 16, for the murder by shooting of a fellow servant named Albert Harry Birtles, at a farm near Haslington. The two had argued some months before, which led to the murder. Parrett had a defence of insanity, and further claimed he did not think the shotgun would go so far. He was sentenced to death, and the jury recommended mercy on account of his age, which was granted.

1841 Robert Sandys

Convicted at the assizes in September for the murder of his daughter Mary Ann, aged 4 years. There had also been another daughter Elizabeth die aged 6 months the same month He was initially tried along with his brother, who was acquitted, but had also had a young child die earlier the same year. His wife and sister in law were also accused, but not brought to trial. It was stated that he murdered his daughter with arsenic, with the intention of gaining insurance money from the Benevolent Burial Society.
The brothers, Irish, lived in adjoining cellars in Stockport, making mats, and with the deaths of three young children, there seemed little hope for Sandys. However his sentencing was postponed until the following assizes, whilst a point of law was examined; it was found there was no issue, and he was sentenced to death. Sentence was then commuted at the 1842 assizes.