Caxton Gibbet

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Caxton Gibbet

Caxton Gibbet is a small knoll on Ermine Street (now the A1198) in England, running between London and Huntingdon, near its crossing with the road (now the A428) between St Neots and Cambridge. There are tales of murderers being hanged and displayed at the nearby village of Caxton in the 1670s, and records in a court case that the gibbet was still there in 1745. Several local writers say that it was no longer there by the early decades of the nineteenth century, but in 1831 the Rev H.G.Watkins, whilst on a carriage tour of England, records passing, a mile from Caxton village, 'a gibbet on the roadside with an inscription, Caxton Gibbet'. There is a modern replica, which can be seen in photographs dating back to 1900, the erection of which may have been connected with the nearby inn of the same name.