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photoblog image A walk around the snickelways of York

A walk around the snickelways of York

Leading us off Swinegate is Mad Alice Lane which is named after a certain Alice Smith who lived here until 1823 when she was hanged at York castle for being mad. Or until 1825 when she was hanged for poisoning her husband. Or confessed to crimes she didn't commit and was hanged for that. It all depends who you ask.

 

The Capital Punishment UK website shows that no-one called Alice Smith was executed in York in the 1820s.  Indeed no-one called Alice Smith has ever been executed in York.  In the list of women executed publicly between 1800 and 1868, only two are called Alice, and neither of them died in York.

 

And just to compound the confusion, this snickelway is also known as Lund's Court.

A walk around the snickelways of York

Leading us off Swinegate is Mad Alice Lane which is named after a certain Alice Smith who lived here until 1823 when she was hanged at York castle for being mad. Or until 1825 when she was hanged for poisoning her husband. Or confessed to crimes she didn't commit and was hanged for that. It all depends who you ask.

 

The Capital Punishment UK website shows that no-one called Alice Smith was executed in York in the 1820s.  Indeed no-one called Alice Smith has ever been executed in York.  In the list of women executed publicly between 1800 and 1868, only two are called Alice, and neither of them died in York.

 

And just to compound the confusion, this snickelway is also known as Lund's Court.

comments (4)

Well that photo is fantastic...

And the story equally so!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Jun 2017, 07:29
All fascinating Paul, the joys of history..
Not an alleyway to venture through alone at night I suspect. I like the story that goes with it.
In the best tradition of the Daily Mail ...don't let facts get in the way of a good story grin

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