The Gibbet in Halifax (Calderdale Museums and Libraries.)

Iconic Halifax execution landmark to reveal its grisly past to visitors

Visitors to an iconic landmark in Halifax that was used to execute people will now give an insight into its grisly past.

The history of the Gibbet will be displayed to people thanks to a new heritage information board being unveiled on Saturday February 2. Here we look at its history and the replica Gibbet being put into place.

At the junction of Gibbet Street and Bedford Street, a short walk from Halifax town centre, stands a non-working replica of the Gibbet, similar to a guillotine, which was used to execute thieves from at least the 1270s to 1650.
At the junction of Gibbet Street and Bedford Street, a short walk from Halifax town centre, stands a non-working replica of the Gibbet, similar to a guillotine, which was used to execute thieves from at least the 1270s to 1650.
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During its grisly past, criminals were taken to the Gibbet to have their heads cut from their bodies  a remarkably severe punishment for theft.
During its grisly past, criminals were taken to the Gibbet to have their heads cut from their bodies a remarkably severe punishment for theft.
Calderdale Museums and Libraries.
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Although decapitation was occasionally used as an execution method in other parts of England, Halifax used an execution machine, apparently unique in the country.
Although decapitation was occasionally used as an execution method in other parts of England, Halifax used an execution machine, apparently unique in the country.
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To commemorate this distinctive heritage, the new information board will be placed alongside the Gibbet to give visitors an insight into its history and the people who were executed, plus the chance to see old images of the deadly instrument.
To commemorate this distinctive heritage, the new information board will be placed alongside the Gibbet to give visitors an insight into its history and the people who were executed, plus the chance to see old images of the deadly instrument.
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