Lady Lisle's place of Execution, Winchester, Hampshire.
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N 51° 03.705 W 001° 18.786
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This stone plaque records the execution of Alice Lisle near this spot in 1685. Alice was born in September 1617, the daughter of Sir White Beconshaw of Moyles Court at Ellingham in Hampshire.
Waymark Code: WM5H5Y
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 01/07/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Lady Lisle seems to have leaned to Royalism, but with this attitude she combined a decided sympathy with religious dissent. On the 20th of July 1685, a fortnight after the battle of Sedgemoor, the old lady consented to shelter John Hickes a well-known nonconformist minister, at her residence, Moyles Court, near Ringwood. Hickes who was a fugitive from Monmouth's army, brought with him Richard Nelthorpe, also a partisan of Monmouth, The two men spent the night at Moyles Court, and on the following morning were arrested, and their hostess, who had denied their presence. She was charged with harboring traitors. She denied any knowledge of the fugitives being in her home.
Her case was tried by Judge Jeffreys at the opening of the "Bloody Assizes" at Winchester. The Jury reluctantly found her guilty, and the law recognizing no distinction between principals and accessories in treason, she was sentenced to be burned. Jeffreys ordered that the sentence should be carried out that same afternoon. After a few days respite James II allowed beheading to be substituted for burning.
Lady Lisle was executed in Winchester market place on the 2nd of September 1685. By many writers her death has been termed a judicial murder, and one of the first acts of parliament of William and Mary reversed the attainder on the ground that the prosecution was irregular and the verdict injuriously extorted by " the menaces and violence's and other illegal practices" of Jeffreys. Lady Lisle was the last woman publicly beheaded in England.
She is buried in a tomb on the right hand side of the porch at St Mary's church, Ellingham, Hampshire.
Lady Lisle is said to haunt " The Eclispe Inn" opposite the plaque. She spent her last few days a prisoner in the pub before being taken outside to be executed.
Information from the Eleventh Edition of the Encylopeadia Britannica vol. 15-16 Ita to Lor page 774.
Type of Historic Marker: Stone engraved plaque

Historical Marker Issuing Authority: Winchester City Council

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