First Hanging Execution at Lincoln Prison

Execution at Lincoln
James Anderson, 50 years of age, was hanged at Lincoln in February 1883 for the murder of his wife at East Ferry, near Gainsborough, in the previous December.

In a quarrel between the parties Anderson struck his wife, then stabbed her in the throat with his pocket-knife. The jugular vein was severed, and the unfortunate woman bled to death in a few minutes.

This was the first execution at Her Majesty’s new prison at Lincoln, and the gallows was so erected that the convict stepped out of his cell and on to the scaffold without leaving the premises.

William Marwood, who was the executioner, allowed the man a fall of eight feet, and instant death was the result.

Anderson, who had been attended by the superintendent of the Wesleyan Circuit, died very penitent.


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