British Executions

George William Howe

Age: 34

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 22 Feb 1898

Crime Location: Burnley

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


George William Howe was convicted of the murder of John Kirby Pickup and sentenced to death.

John Pickup had been the manager of a Burnley brickworks where George Howe worked until shortly before Christmas 1897 when he was dismissed.

George Howe blamed John Pickup and later attacked him on 31 December 1897 beside a level crossing, beating him about the head with a stick.

John Pickup died later in hospital.

see National Archives - ASSI 52/40, HO 144/272/A59579