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Monday, 03 October 2005 00:00

Jobling's Gibbet

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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....