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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
27th July 1957 St James' Theater in London closes
27th July 1942 Born today: Barbara Ferris, London England, actress (Nice Girl Like Me)
27th July 1694 The Bank of England was established to act as the English Government's banker.
The Islington Gibbett
This is the location of hangings and a 18th century gibbett.
Location: Holloway Road, Islington
Description: This junction was for centuries known as Ring Cross, and during the eighteenth century this was the location of a turnpike. A gruesome gibbet was set up here to punish and discourage highwaymen and other rogues.
One such was John Price who in March 1718 was hanged here for the murder of Elizabeth White, a gingerbread
saleswoman. The execution pulled a good crowd because Price, under the alias
Jack Ketch, had been public hangman for many years.