Hanging about in Oakham?

16th October:  I only discovered today that in Oakham’s Rutland Museum there is the only surviving ‘new style’ drop gallows in UK!  A bit gruesome … they were portable but not good at breaking necks cleanly, because the drop was too short.  So the criminals were strangled instead! First used in 1813 on two burglars. The museum is full of fascinating things and the visit is free.