Most towns had a place for the gallows often on the outskirts of the town and mostly just remembered by the word ' gallows' in a street name. Gallows Hill at Dornoch in Scotland is well remembered with a sign and a stone which marks the spot of the gallows.
Quite often victims were left hanging on a 'gibbet', usually situated near to the scene of their crime, as a deterrent to others.
Oliver Cromwell didn’t need a gallows in 1642 when two of his soldiers were found guilty of murder and hanged on the spot in Romsey in Hampshire. They were hanged on a fine wrought iron bracket which displayed the sign of the Swan Inn in the town. The bracket, a good example of old Hampshire wrought iron work has withstood the centuries of time and can still be seen on the wall outside the building which is now Romsey Working Mens; Conservative Club.
Useful bracket for hanging purposes
A memorial on the outside wall of St Mary's Church at Beverley recalls a time when Danish soldiers were passing through the town.
It reads :
'Here two young Danish Soldiers lye
The one in quarrell chanc'd to die
The others Head by their own Law
With sword was sever'd at one Blow.
December the 25d
DUFFTOWN CLOCK TOWER
THE BUSBY STOOP