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Drawing of Spence Broughton
Broughton hung in a gibbet for 36 years

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The rotting corpse of Spence Broughton

Convicted-criminal Spence Broughton’s body hung, in chains, on Attercliffe Common in Sheffield for 36 years. Gibbeted as a deterrent to others against committing crime, Broughton became a popular attraction, with people flocking to Sheffield to see his body rotting away. Broughton is believed to be one of the last men in Yorkshire to be punished by this method; however his punishment provoked sympathy and curiosity rather than fear. More...

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1 John Williams from Sheffield - 4 January 2004
"Given present crime levels around the area, and with a complete lack of effort of the police's behalf to deter them, maybe this should be attempted again. "

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