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Jobling's Gibbet

Written by JAMMY
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On June 11, 1832 , a group of striking miners, including William Jobling and Ralph Armstrong, were drinking in a pub called the Turners on the road between South Shields and Jarrow. Jobling and Armstrong who had been begging most of the day had been drinking heavily. A well known local magistrate, Nicholas Fairles, was passing when he was approached by Jobling, he asked the judge for money and was refused, by this time Armstrong was on the scene, Fairles was dragged from his horse and severely kicked and punched, he died of his wounds ten days later, giving him enough time to testify that although Jobling was present, he did not take part in the assault....

Jobling's Gibbet, photo by Jammy

Sentenced on August 1st, he was publicly hanged just two days later. His body was covered in pitch, and riveted into a cage made of flat iron bars and taken to Jarrow slake (slacks).A gibbet had been prepared. The body remained there, swinging in the strong winds coming up the river Tyne for all to see (including his family whose cottage was situated close by. The body was under military guard for over three weeks, no sooner had they been ordered to withdraw, and the body disappeared, taken, it is hoped, by his friends and given a dignified burial.

Jobling alone was caught and swiftly brought to justice. A lot of interest surrounded the trial, and newspapers were widely sold supplying details of it.


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