14 October 1767 – Thomas Davis

Silver swiper Thomas Davis was hanged by the neck until he was dead for stealing from a lodging house in London’s Shoreditch.

According to notes on proceedings from the Old Bailey, he was found guilty of a night-time raid on a house in White Lion Yard (now known as Folgate Street) in Shoreditch.

Pickings were rich and light-fingered Davis managed to land himself a watch with a silver box and silver shoe buckles, as well as nine silver spoons from victims John Taylor and his grandmother Mary Watts respectively.

Of course, Davis wasn’t alone in his crime. He was in cahoots with Mary Mills, who knowingly received four of the stolen spoons. The 18th-century crime combo was found guilty. Mills was carted off to other side of the world, while Davis’s destination was closer and far less exotic.

He made it to Tyburn, where he was executed for his crime, reportedly aged just 22.

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