HistoryPoints News

Apr 3, 2018

Entertained by Cardiff hangings

Large crowds used to gather on Cardiff's St Mary Street, by the present-day market entrance, not for shopping but to watch people being hanged. The magnificent Victorian market hall stands where a prison ...

Category: General
Posted by: RhodriC

was once located, complete with gallows. This is where Dic Penderyn was hanged in 1831 after what was widely regarded as a miscarriage of justice. On the day of a hanging, hawkers and beggars would also make a beeline for Cardiff's streets. For more about the history of the site - including why traders weren't allowed to sell eggs on the ground floor of the market - use your mobile to scan the HistoryPoints QR codes at each of the entrances. Or click here