British Executions

John Gatward

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: highway robbery

Date Of Execution: 27 Apr 1757

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Gallows Hill, Ware Road, Hertford

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Wednesday, 27 April 1757 at Colliers End  (Cambridge Journal)

John Gatward (otherwise John Gard Green)found guilty of the highway robbery of John Pink in the parish of West Hill on 4 February 1757: robbing him of 1 brown and 1 black gelding (each valued at £15). The property of Elizabeth Gatward: a leathern mail (valued at 20/-) and 5 leather bags (valued at 5/-), the property of the King.  This was a robbery of the North Mail.  He was ordered to be executed and afterwards his body to be hanged in chains.  He was executed at Colliers End and afterwards his body was hanged in chains on the same gibbet NOT at Caxton in Cambridgeshire as legend has..