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The Grave of Dick Turpin is in what was the Graveyard of St Georges Church off George St.
Dick Turpin was an infamous Highway Man who was born in Essex and Hanged in York. He is seen as some kind of hero by a lot of people but was really just a thief and a thug, he was certainly no Robin Hood character and was no gentleman
By trade he was a butcher but found it easier to steal the cattle than buy them at the market so he joined a gang that stole Cattle and Deer, a young boy that was their lookout told the local law men and Dick Turpin only just managed to escape.
He joined another gang and they started breaking into houses armed with swords and pistols and, one occasion roasting a farmer over his own fire until he told them were his money was. The gang also started stopping travellers and threatening to shoot them if they did not hand over their money and goods.
After being caught by a gamekeeper in Epping Forest Dick Turpin pulled out his gun and shot him killing him.
Now wanted for murder he ran off to York where nobody would know him (he did not ride from London to York as the legend says and he did not have a horse called Black Bess)
Instead of giving up his life of crime he soon started stealing horses but was caught after shooting a cockerel. he was locked up in York’s castle prison for horse theft, they did not know he was wanted for murder in the South.
He betrayed himself by writing a letter to his Brother asking for help. In what was certainly a stroke of bad luck his olds school master saw the letter in the post office recognised the hand writing and knowing he was wanted for murder informed the authorities.
Messages were sent to York and he was put on trial, found guilty and sentenced to hang. He was taken to the Tyeburn Gallows at Knavesmere. The route was lined with people (executions always attracted a crowd). At the Gallows he turned to the crowd and shouted "I have sinned, I deserve my fate" asked the priest for forgiveness and threw himself off the ladder and was dead after a few minutes.
His body was buried in the Graveyard of St Georges Church but was stolen, It was recovered and then buried in a lime pit which would have dissolved it so it could not be stolen again.
Address: Peel Street, York YO1 9PZ
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