24 February 1925 – William Bignell

William Bignell was hanged for the murder of his girlfriend Margaret Legg. He was hanged, aged 32, at Shepton Mallet jail, which is still the oldest operation jail in Britain, having been opened in 1610.


Just under a decade after his death the jail was used during the Second World War to keep the Magna Carta and Doomsday Book safe. And the US forces were to execute their wayward soldiers by firing squad there.

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One Response to “24 February 1925 – William Bignell”

  1. Brandt Says:

    Many U.S. soldiers were also executed by hanging here, by Albert Pierrepoint

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