26 March 1796 – Thomas Brown, John Horton and James Nightingale
It was a busy day in Stafford Prison when three men were sent to the gallows for their crimes.
The first was a 25-year-old labourer was strung up for the crime known as coining.
Coining was the old term for what’s now known as counterfeiting and the perpetrator was Thomas Brown.
He was hanged for forgery, alongside robbers John Horton, 29, and 28-year-old James Nightingale.