British Executions

Henry Powell


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 6 Nov 1883

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Wandsworth

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


On 27 September, twenty four year old Henry Powell, a bricklayer employed by a Balham building firm, collected his wages but was unhappy at the amount he had received for his last job. He confronted John Briton, the son of the owner, and during a quarrel he beat him about the head with a heavy chisel. He was arrested and tried and soon convicted.  He was sentenced to death and that sentence was carried out on 6 November 1883 in Wandsworth by Bartholomew Binns, this was in fact his first execution.