Interesting People - Alice Glaston

Alice Glaston, is the youngest person ever hung in England.

(She was hung from the gallows tree at Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, in 1545. She was just 11 years old. Legend has it that her bones were later discovered and taken to a limekiln to be secretly burned. Alice became part of the lime used in mortar, whitewash and spread on the fields, and so remains a constant presence in this landscape.

There is a note in the parish register of Sir Thomas Butler, vicar of Much Wenlock in Shropshire:
Here was buried John Dod of the parish of Little Wenlock, who was hanged here, as also Alice Glaston, 11 yrs of age, of the parish of Little Wenlock, and Wm. Harper, a tailor.
A note slightly further down the page reads:
Three Convicts buried one a girl of 11 years old.
I wonder if they realised how history would judge them.)


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