HNN Misc - Honington Airfield; Gibbet Covert (PMed)

SHER Number:HNN Misc
Name:Honington Airfield; Gibbet Covert (PMed)
Type of Record:Find Spot
Grid Reference:TL 883 753
Parish:FAKENHAM MAGNA, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK
HONINGTON, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK

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Summary

Find of a skeleton in a gibbet cage during the making of the aerodrome at Honington/Fakenham Magna.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Undated)
  • GALLOWS (18th century to 19th century - 1701 AD to 1800 AD)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (18th century to 19th century - 1701 AD to 1800 AD)

Designated Status: none recorded

Description

Basil Brown retained a newspaper cutting from the East Anglian Daily Times dated 15th August 1936 which details the find of a skeleton in a gibbet cage during the making of the aerodrome at Honington/Fakenham Magna. They quote W G Clarke's book In Breckland Wilds where details are given of the execution and gibbetting of John Nichols in 1793 for murder (R1).
The skeleton was thought to have been that of John Nichols. W G Clarke also mentioned in his book that the area where the gibbet stood was known as "Gibbet Covert". Site destroyed by aerodrome. Fields adjoining to N named Gibbet cover (112), Gibbet Close (114), and Gibbet cover break (3) in Great Fakenham tithe (S3). Also marked as Gibbet Cover on Honington Tithe map (though in Fakenham Magna parish) at TL 882753.
For details of `The Nichols Murder' & photograph of the Cage see (S2).

Sources and Further Reading

[R1]SSF3716 - (No record type): Clarke, W G, "In Breckland Wilds", 1926.
[S1]SSF50035 - Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, XCVIII, 27.
[M1]SSF50035 - Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive: volume.
[M2]SSF50072 - Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: (Honington)(S2).
[S2]SSF7222 - (No record type): Halliday R, `The Nichols Murder', Suffolk & Norfolk Life, Sept 1997, 34- 35, ill.
[S3]SSF7088 - Map: 1839. Fakenham Magna Tithe Map. Great Fakenham and Honington, Tithe Maps, 1839.

Associated Finds: None recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 10 2016 4:26PM
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