British Executions

Thomas Clewes

Age: 27

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 1 Jan 1889

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Stafford

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Berry


Twenty seven year old Clewes was a collier who was convicted, at Staffordshire Assizes, of the murder of Mary Jane Bovell. Clewes and Miss Bovell lived together at Washerwall, near Stoke, but during the summer their relationship grew strained when he became jealous of her seeing someone else. One night in September he lay in wait, then attacked her with a hatchet. He was convicted and sentenced to death.  The sentence was carried out on the 1st January 1889 by James Berry in Stafford.