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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
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.