In 1907 Evelyn Henry Villebois Burnaby published ‘Memories of Famous Trials’. One of the cases he recalls was held at the Spring Assizes at Taunton before Chief Justice Alexander Cockburn in which four poachers from Yeovil, Somerset were alledged to have kicked to death local policeman Nathaniel Cox.
In 1825 the Mills at Maiden Newton, Dorset, England were for sale, and the following announcement appeared in the Advertisements & Notices section of The Morning Chronicle (London, England) on Saturday, April 16, Saturday, April 23, Tuesday, April 26, 1825, and Friday, April 29, 1825. One mill was in the centre of the village and the other further downstream at Notton, but still within the parish.
Public executions were for centuries one of the most popular forms of entertainment in England and Dorchester as an assize town certainly witnessed its fair share. Lurid descriptions of these spectacles abound in the literature, with immense crowds of rich and poor alike jostling to obtain the best view-point, their mood varying according to their sympathies with the criminal.