Black Harry

Black Harry was a notorious early 18th century highwayman. He robbed the pack-mule trains between Tideswell and Bakewell.

He was eventually arrested by the Castleton Bow Street Runners, and was hung, drawn and quartered on the Gallows Tree at Wardlow Mires.

In 1772 the death penalty was imposed for being armed and disguised in high roads and open heaths. Gibbeting the corpse was popular right up until the mid 19th century.

Gibbeting regularly took place at Wardlow in Derbyshire with executions being held in Derby.


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