List of persons executed at Devon County Gaol

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List of persons executed at Devon County Gaol

This booklet was published in Exeter in 1885 and records the names and details of persons executed at the Devon County Gaol, Exeter, between 1795 and 1885. Capital punishment was a popular topic in Victorian Britain, and public executions often attracted large crowds of onlookers. The booklet, by the local printers J Rowe in Coombe Street, was probably made and sold to interested members of the public. It reveals the type of crimes that warranted the death penalty, which included murder, coin forgery, and sheep-stealing.