British Executions

William Waddington

Age: 35

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 11 May 1920

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Liverpool

Method: hanging

Executioner: John Ellis


William Waddington murdered Ivy Woolfenden 7 who he battered to death at 192 Edge Lane Road, Oldham on 14 February 1920.

William Waddington lived at 192 Edge Lane Road and several young girls were playing outside including Ivy Woolfenden, aged 10. William Waddington called for her to run an errand and Ivy Woolfenden went into William Waddington's house. A bit later he came out, locked the door and gave the key to a 10 year old girl who was also playing outside, and he wandered off.

A while later William Waddington's mother returned to the house and after getting the key went in to find Ivy Woolfenden in the cellar severly beaten with her lower clothing removed and blood everywhere. Her head was battered in and the was a blood stained coal hammer on the floor. Ivy Woolfenden was still alive and they called an ambulance but she died when they put her in it. They later found William Waddington on the Rochdale Road near Todmorden. He claimed to not remember anything. Blood was found on his clothes and he was later hung.

The photo is looking up Edge Lane Road, Oldham, but it looks like 192 was demolished long ago.

see National Archives - ASSI 52/316

see Dundee Courier - Thursday 22 April 1920