United Kingdom Hanging gallows at Combe Gibbet

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Ian Middleton

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The hanging gallows of Combe Gibbet, on Gallows Down near the village of Combe, West Berkshire / Hampshire border makes a great image itself, plus the view from here is incredible. Combe Gibbet is a double gibbet and stands 7.6 metres tall on top of an ancient neolithic long barrow. From here you get panoramic views across the Hampshire and Berkshire downs.

Oddly enough, it has never been used to hang anyone in the form of an execution, and has only ever been used once. They were erected in 1676 purely to display the bodies of George Broomham and Dorothy Newman. The couple were convicted of murdering George’s wife and their son, in order to get them out of the picture and be able to continue their illicit affair.

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