British Executions

Samuel Rowledge

Age: 37

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 13 Jul 1904

Crime Location: Chaucer Street, Northampton

Execution Place: Northampton

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Billington


Samuel Rowledge murdered his girlfriend Alice Foster 32 who he shot in Northampton on 15 March 1904.

He took her home on 15 March 1904 and shot her three times with a revolver that he had redeemed from pawn just previously.

They were engaged to be married. Alice Foster was a domestic servant. She had been out of work for the previous two weeks having left her last place so that she could get married. They had been engaged for about 11 months.

Alice Foster was living with her parents and on 12 March 1904 Samuel Rowledge went to see her and stayed until 14 march 1904 when they went to Northampton together. Whilst there Alice Foster had made arrangements to stay at her brother's in Ashburnham Road.

At 9am on the morning of 15 Match 1904 Samuel Rowledge went to Chaucer Street to ask after his son-in-law but he was not there and so he waited for two hours.

Meanwhile his brother went to Chaucer Street where he saw Samuel Rowledge and Alice Foster in the kitchen. Samuel Rowledge was sitting in the chair by the fireplace. he said that Alice Foster said to Samuel Rowledge 'You must be lazy, for you said that you had been to work this afternoon.'. He said then that Samuel Rowledge turned round, mumbled something and then left the room. however, he came back moments later with a revolver in his hand which he pointed towards his bother and fired. The brother said that he ran out into the garden and when he looked through the glass door he saw Alice Foster fall after a second shot.

The doctor said that there were 3 bullet wounds, one over the left breast, a second on the right temple and a third to the back of her neck.


see Gloucester Citizen - Wednesday 22 June 1904

see Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Thursday 23 June 1904

see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 25 June 1904

see National Archives - ASSI 13/34