Henry Leigh 1877

A particularly brutal murder of Alice Halton,in Macclesfield,an 8 year old child. Leigh overheard the girls mother asking her to go to the mill and collect her mothers wages. Leigh follwed the girl, and when she came out of the mill with her mothers wages, he attacked her and stole the money. Her body was found floating in the canal some hours later.

Hanged by Marwood within Chester Castle, 12th August 1877

Martin Doyle 1861

Doyle had the distinction of being the last person executed in England for attempted murder.
A native of County Mayo, he was a travelling glazier, and was in the habit of travelling with his partner, Jane Brogine. During a rest at Church Lawton, he battered her with a stone, to the point where if she survived she would be brain damaged for life.

Hanged 27th August 1861 outside Chester prison, his body was buried in a Churchyard rather than the Castle precincts, as he was not convicted of murder.

William Bates 1848

William Bates was only 20, yet he was described as a Highwayman, and together with John Walmsley, also aged 20, tried to rob a corn dealer called Enick, near Addlington. Enick put up a fight, and was eventually overpowered by the two robbers, but local farm workers were alerted to the robbery, and gave chase, a veritable ‘hue and cry’. The robbers turned to face their pursuers, and opened fire. Bates killed William Wyatt, and Walmsley injured his brother. They were immediately apprehended, and tried and convicted of the crime, although Walmsley was later repievd and transported.
They confessed to other crimes, as a result of which two other wrongly convicted and sentenced to transportation were released.
Bates was hanged on 22nd April 1848

Patrick Carey 1883

Patrick Carey, aka Jack White, had been lodging at the house of Thomas Earlam, and on 9th February attacked and killed him with a hammer and left his housekeeper Mary Moran for dead. Mary died 2 days later. Polie found Carey in another boarding house in Manchester, and when challenged he gave his name as Delaney, but he was arrested and charged with Murder. He was identified by several witnesses, and items from the lodging house were found.
He was executed on 11th May 1883 by Marwood, and was reportedly calm and steady at his execution.

Still learning

Going through and researching the stories is fascinating – you learn something new every time. My plan is to summarise each case, and then go back and fill in more details and gaps.
Log on to the Kalender to find the cases, and let me know what you think. If you have anything to add, or you think something is wrong, please let me know.

Welcome to the site

This is my first attempt at a site so please be patient!
I have researched and read over many years the crimes that took place in Cheshire and beyond. I began to realise that this knowledge is just sitting in a drawer, so now is the time to share it.
I also think that there is a lot of information out there, local historians, genealogists and many more might have a contribution to make to each tale. So I will put the story together as I know it, and as additional information comes in, the story will evolve and develop.


Well, as we wait for any answers from History – please be patient whilst we build the site. My plan is to publish here the many stories I know and have researched, and subject them to scrutiny from the audience. There must be people out there who know small details, or even huge details that will help to finish these tales. Please add to the stories through comments, and I will endeavour to weave them in.