Common after being executed at York for the robbery of the Sheffield and Rotherham Postman,have
this week been dug out of the ground.
It is solid old oak, perfectly black and quite sound, though embedded in the ground since 1792. Itconsists of a massive framework, 10ft. long and 1ft. deep, firmly embedded in the ground to supportthe Gibbet-post, which passed through it's centre and was bolted to it. Some 4ft. 6in. of this post isleft, the remainder of the post is 18in square.
This relic was discovered by a person named Holroyd
in making excavations for the cellars of some houses in Clifton Street, Attercliffe Common, opposite the "Red Lion". It was conveyedinto the garden of that Inn, where it may now be seen.
Many hundreds of persons have paid it a visit.
Source: Times Newspaper 6th May, 1867Opposite the new Sheffield Arena, the sports and concert venue in Broughton Lane, therestands a public house with the name, ' The Noose and Gibbet
Outside the pub there is areplica gibbet containing an effigy of the highwayman Spence Broughton,after whom the roadwas named.Broughton was a gentleman farmer from Lincoln who married well and was in receipt of alarge dowry which he squandered through gambling at cock fights.To recoup his loss he turned to crime becoming a member of the Hatters Club,
a local band of Attercliffe villains. His life of crime was not to last for long,
he was hung in 1790
for the robberyof the Sheffield Mail on Attercliffe Common. He was hung and gibbeted in chains close to the siteof the present day pub
, his remains were left for 27 years as a deterrent to other would-bethieves.He was the last man to be treated this way in England
. Today the pub contains several depictionsof Spence Broughton and the Hatters Club, and allegedly the highwayman's hand !