Goulceby, Old Churchyard, Church Lane
Grave of William Marwood who died aged 6 years.
His younger brother also called William was appointed Crown Executioner in 1874.
William Marwood the hangman developed the "long drop" technique of hanging, which ensured that the prisoners' neck was broken instantly at the end of the drop, resulting in the prisoner dying of asphyxia while unconscious.
This was considered more humane than the slow death by strangulation caused by the "short drop" method.
Both Marwood brothers were born in Goulceby.
DB 22 October 2018
Goulceby, Old Churchyard, William Marwood, hangman, long drop