British Executions

Thomas Fordred

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 4 Apr 1876

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Maidstone

Method: unknown

Executioner: William Marwood


Sentenced to death at Kent Assizes for the murder of his paramour, Mary Ann Bridge (27), at Margate. Fordred was alleged to have kicked her to death as they returned home drunk from a pub. He maintained that although he was responsible for her death, he was innocent of murder as she had merely fallen while they were fooling around. A doctor maintained that death had been caused by kicks to the head and chest. It was alleged that earlier in the evening, witnesses overheard him threaten to beat her brains out if he caught her going with another man. Hanged by Marwood.