On the 9 November 2015 there was marked the 50th year anniversary since the last death penalty sentence carried out in the United Kingdom. The last condemned to death by hanging being Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen. The most high profile case, however, was that of Ruth Ellis who, in 1955, was found guilty of murdering her husband, a day after he had punched her and causing her to miscarry. This fuelled much disquiet concerning corporal punishment and the morality of condemning a person to death, leading soon after to the abolition executions utterly.
By today’s standards, the idea of hanging is reprehensible, however, it was ever so much worse in times past. Even within recent history. Detailed below are some of the more gruesome methods of execution that persons faced upon being pronounced guilty.