The Halifax Gibbet

Reconstruction of the Halifax Gibbet

The Halifax Gibbet was a decapitating machine or "engine" which was used to behead convicted felons in the West Yorkshire town of Halifax, pre-dating the similar "guillotine" as advocated (but not invented) by Dr. Guillotin as a humane method of capital punishment and used in the French revolution.

A replica of this gruesome device is situated at its original location near Gibbet Street, while the blade from the original machine can be seen in a local museum.

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