The Tyburn Tree
From History of London: Executions took place at Tyburn for almost 600 years, with the first recorded as William Longbeard in 1196 and the last as John Austen in 1783. In between, tens of thousands of highwaymen, robbers, forgers, murderers, traitors and other convicted men and women met their end at Tyburn. From the Reformation period onwards, this included many Catholics who would not abandon their faith.The original Tyburn trees used for hangings were a row of elms alongside an underground stream called Tyburn Brook. . . .