Wednesday, January 23, 2008
It's the things you don't know you don't know that get you. I would have sworn that the falling blade form of execution was an 18th century invention of a Frenchman called Guillotine, but no. It's an ancient development of Halifax, Yorkshire!
I stumbled across a reference in a book and found it so odd, I had to check. Here's a page all about it.
The Halifax Gibbet