British Executions

James Wells

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: burglary

Date Of Execution: 26 Sep 1603

Crime Location: East Tilbury

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Margaret Bashepoole, Mabel Hamond and James Wells were convicted of burglary and grand larceny and sentenced to hang. Executions not confirmed.

Margaret Bashepoole and  Mabel Hamond were found guilty of both counts and James Wells was guilty of the second count.

The first count was that on the 20 June 1603 they burgled the house of Robert Hove at Kelvedon and stole a gown (12s), a petticoat (10s), a pair of linen sheets (6s 8d), a hat (5s), a table napkin (3d), a petticoat (5s) and an apron (8d).

The second count was that on 21 June 1603  they broke into the house of John Johnson at East Tilbury and stole a petticoat (3s), a waistcoat (5s), a frieze jerkin (2s), a hat (5s), an apron (4d), 2 sheets (4s), a pillowbar (16d), 2 aprons (8d), 10 crosscloths (3s), 2 kerchiefs (6d), 4 coifs, (8d), a tablecloth (1s), 6 bands (6d), 6 neckerchiefs (6s), 2 biggins (2d), a smock (1s) and a girdle (1d).

see National Atchives - Assizes 35/45/1 [mm 33, 45]