British Executions

William Arrowsmith

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 28 Mar 1888

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Shrewsbury

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Berry


On 11 November 1887, William Arrowsmith, a labourer from Denton, visited his elderly uncle George Pickerill who was eighty, who lived in a lonely cottage near Whitchurch. He brutally killed him by beating his brains out then cutting his throat, before stealing some property and a small sum of money he knew to be in the house. He was arrested when he was seen selling some of the stolen goods, and charged with murder when police matched his footprints with those found at the scene. He was hanged by James Berry on the 28 March 1888 at Shrewsbury.