Phil

Phil

Posted on 11/22/2013


Photo taken on November 22, 2002



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Dick Turpin's grave.

Dick Turpin's grave.
Richard "Dick" Turpin (1705 – 1739) was an English highwayman whose exploits were romanticised following his execution in York for horse theft. Turpin may have followed his father's profession as a butcher early in life but by the early 1730s he had joined a gang of deer thieves and later became a poacher, burglar, horse thief and killer. He is also known for a fictional 200-mile (320 km) overnight ride from London to York on his horse Black Bess, a story that was made famous by the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth almost 100 years after Turpin's death.

Turpin's involvement in the crime for which he is most closely associated—highway robbery—followed the arrest of the other members of his gang in 1735. He then disappeared from public view towards the end of that year, only to resurface in 1737 with two new accomplices, one of whom he may have accidentally shot and killed. Turpin fled from the scene and shortly afterwards killed a man who attempted his capture. Later that year he moved to Yorkshire and assumed the alias of John Palmer.

While he was staying at a local inn magistrates became suspicious and made enquiries as to how he was funding his extravagant lifestyle. Suspected of being a horse thief, Turpin / "Palmer" was imprisoned in York Castle to await trial at the next assizes. Turpin's true identity was revealed by a letter he wrote to his brother-in-law from his prison cell which fell into the hands of the authorities. On 22nd March 1739 Turpin was found guilty on two charges of horse theft and sentenced to death. He was hanged at Knavesmire (located close to the present-day York racecourse and which was known locally as "The York Tyburn") on 7th April 1739.
(Wikipedia. (edited)).

Camera: Olympus AZ-1 (Low resolution).
Processing: Nikon Capture NX2.

Marie-claire Gallet, Roger Dodger, yokopakumayoko Francesco and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


11 comments - The latest ones
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
interesting
4 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Great capture, thank you for sharing with us at Historical & Architectural Gems
www.ipernity.com/group/332973
4 years ago.
Armpro
Armpro
England's Jesse James; Dick's infamous stories live on.
Well captured!
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Well captured.
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Delighted to see this Phil...

I think it must be nearly 38 years since I saw it ... it was reasonably maintained then.

Great photo !
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Terrific shot!

Admired in:
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4 years ago.
Marvin Matthews
Marvin Matthews
What a story.
4 years ago.
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
Nice shot and interesting history.
4 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Excellent shot!

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4 years ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Thank you for adding your image to Interesting History
23 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Thank you for sharing, Phil !!!!
14 months ago.