British Executions

Henry Marsh


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 20 Nov 1877

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Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


Henry Marsh and Henry Bidwell worked together in a forge owned by Thomas Mays who was seventy six years old, at Wymondham, Norfolk and during the summer both men learned that they were to lose their jobs as Mays was retiring and selling the business. Marsh was particularly upset as he had been employed at the forge for thirty seven years, and while out on an errand he called at a pub and had several drinks. When he returned to work he got into a row with Bidwell and in a rage beat him to death with a heavy iron bar. A servant girl at the house saw the attack and rushed to tell the elderly owner. When Mays entered the forge, Marsh turned on him and declared: 'Might as well swing for two as for one,' and beat the old man to death as well. He was hanged at Norwich Castle prison by William Marwood on the 20th November 1877, he was fifty when he died.