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To be hanged by the neck until dead

Published: 24 Feb 2014

Lancaster Castle Execution

What a wet Sunday so grabbed the opportunity to visit Lancaster Castle which has dramatically changed since my 2011 shoot. The castle's prison was officially closed just after my shoot and now visitors can experience life behind bars as well as seeing the famous (and still functioning) courts of justice. It's a top Lancashire attraction. For hundreds of years it has been dishing out punishments and next to London it holds the record for handing out death sentences. Here we have one of the Pendle Witches off to the gallows. In 2012 this famous trial celebrated it's 400th anniversary. Nine others followed this pour soul.