Year of the Monkey
Grisly Tale at Halloween
On a foggy autumn day, we encountered this double gibbet, whilst walking in the beautiful Berkshire countryside. It can be seen for many miles around, being located about 974 ft/279m above sea level, on top of Inkpen long barrow (a Neolithic burial mound). The gibbet is 25ft/7.6m tall. The original was erected in 1676 to display the bodies 'in chaynes' of a local farm labourer George Broomham and his mistress Dorothy Newman. They brutally murdered Broomham's wife Martha and young son Robert on the downs nearby. The public hanging took place three days earlier on 3rd March 1676, in Winchester.