British Executions

Thomas William Currell

Age: 31

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 18 Apr 1887

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Newgate

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Berry


Thirty one year old Thomas Currell had been courting Lydia Green who was also thirty one  for over ten years and although they were in a serious relationship they still lived apart, with Miss Green occupying a room in a Hoxton boarding house, upstairs from her mother. After a night out, Currell would usually call at her room and leave in the early hours. Early in the morning of 5th February, Lydia's mother heard a bang from upstairs. After dressing, she went to investigate and discovered her daughter shot dead. When police went to interview Currell, he had disappeared. Currell had fled to a guest house across London under an assumed name. He would have escaped detection much longer if he had not been arrested for stealing another lodger's coat. He was identified as being wanted for the Hoxton murder and was charged. It was later revealed that he had gone to Scotland Yard to confess. but had been thrown out by the two officers manning the desk as they thought he was having them on. He was hanged by James Berry in Newgate on the 18th April 1887.