As I understand it the word 'gibbet' implies display as opposed to simply
being hung on a gallows. Hanging and displaying is 'gibbeting' and the cage
is the 'gibbet iron'.
William Jobling , a collier from Jarrow, was hanged in 1832 for murdering
Nicholas Fairless, a magistrate and colliery owner. After his execution,
Joblingís body was put on show, encased in gibbet irons, at Jarrow Slake.
Jobling, and another man, James Cook who was executed at Leicester the same
year, were the last people whose bodies were treated in this way. Both menís
remains were soon removed by local people and there was general outrage at
the practice, which was by then seen as barbarous and unnecessary. Two years
later gibbeting dead bodies was abolished by Parliament.
Lots more info in 'The Hanging Tree' by V.A.C. Gatrell
From: Jon Whiting <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 30 October 2003 00:53
Subject: Re: Cages in punishment
>From http://www.ushistory.org/oddities/gibbet.htm with an illustration of
>'This is undoubtedly the city's most unique and macabre artefact. It's a
>human form made of iron bands designed to hold the body of an executed
>criminal for the purpose of public display. The devise -- more or less --
>held the rotting corpse together for several weeks. The 18th century
>artefact at the Atwater Kent Museum is America's only complete gibbet. A
>partial gibbet survives in a museum in Salem, Mass. The primary meaning of
>the word "gibbet" is simply a gallows. The steel frame to display the
>culprit's body is properly called a "gibbet iron." But there are references
>to displaying the body as "gibbeting" and soon the steel frame, itself, was
>also called "a gibbet."'
>----- Original Message -----
>> Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 15:34:17 EST
>> From: Malcolm Bull <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Cages in punishment
>> Does anyone know if there was a name =E2=80=94 other than cage =E2=80=94
>> the iron frame=20
>> in which felons were suspended before / after death.
>> I have been asked this question by a friend who is researching the local
>> century coiners as some of the men were suspended in such a cage from a