Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The last public execution at York

While researching the village of Barmby on the Marsh I came across an interesting, if rather gruesome, piece of information.

One of the village families in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was called Brooksbank. In the mid-nineteenth century William Brooksbank of Barmby married an Ann Parker. Her brother, 21-year-old Frederick Parker of Hemingbrough, was apparently the last person to be publicly executed at York Castle.

He was executed on 4th April 1868 having been found guilty of murdering another young man, Daniel Driscoll, at Hemingbrough on 1st March 1868.


  1. Yes that right, Frederick was brought up by my Great Great Great Grandfather on his farm in Innermore Lane Hemingborough It was at his house the police arrested Frederick

  2. Where is Innermore Lane now?