Life, Trial, Condemnation and Execution of
Extract from part of an article in the Times Newspaper published 9th October 1908 about Mambury Rings Fordington
"...Maumbury was the scene of as sinister an event as any associated with it, because it was a definite event. It was one which darkens its concave to this day. This was the death suffered there on March 21, 1705-06, of a girl who had not yet reached her nineteenth year.. This girl was the wife of a grocer in the town, a handsome young woman "of good natural parts," and educated "to a proficiency suitable enough to one of her sex, to which likewise was added dancing." She was tried and condemned for poisoning her husband, a Mr Thomas Channing, to whom she had been married against her wish by the compulsion of her parents.
She conducted her own defence with the greatest ability, and was complimented thereupon by Judge Price. Who tried her but he did not extend his compliment to a merciful summing up. Maybe that he, like Pontius Pilot was influenced by the desire of the townsfolk for to wreak vengeance on somebody, right or wrong.
After her lying-in she was attacked by a fever of a violent and lasting kind, which preyed upon her until she was nearly wasted away. In this state at the next assizes on the 8th March following the unhappy woman who now said that she longed for death but still persisted her innocence was again brought before the bar and her execution was fixed for the 21st
On that day two men were hanged before her turn came, and then, "the under sheriff having taken some refreshment," he proceeded to his biggest and last job with this girl not yet 19, now reduced to a skeleton by the long fever, and already more dead than alive. She was conveyed from the goal in a cart by her father and husbands houses so the course of the procession must have been up High-East Street as far as the Bow thence down South Street and up the straight Roman Road to the Ring beside it.
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