British Executions

Arthur Covington

Age: 27

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 3 Dec 1895

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Bedford

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


Twenty seven year old Arthur Covington was convicted of the murder of his cousin, Effie Burgen who was twenty, in June. He had been paying her some attention while she was visiting his parents, and while they were left alone he shot her three times with his revolver. His defence of insanity was rejected and he was hanged by James Billington. One of the last acts that the condemned man did was to fill in the census form. He gave his address as 'The Condemned Cell, Bedford Gaol.'  The sentence was carried out in Bedford on the 3rd December 1895