Highwayman Dick Turnip has been praised by a judge 250 years after his execution
Judge Martin Rodger oversaw a dispute about the rateable values of a number of historic buildings, including the York Castle Museum, where the highwayman's cell is an attraction, managed by the York Museums and Gallery Trust and the Valuation Tribunal for England.
He has made a number of detailed findings on rateable values in a written ruling after a lands tribunal hearing in London
The highwayman's cell at York Castle Museum has become a tourist attraction
The judge began his 48-page ruling with a potted history of "English history's most celebrated highwayman".
"On 7 April 1739 Dick Turpin was taken from a cell in York Castle to the city gallows at Knavesmire where he was hanged for the theft of three horses," the judge wrote.
Judge Martin Rodger praised the highway man as one of English history's most celebrated The UK's 10 most popular tourist attractions Mon, October 17, 2016
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"He is said to have put on a good show, dressing in a new frock coat, bowing to spectators and paying £3 10/- for the services of five professional mourners."
Before his execution, Turpin often received visitors (the jailer was said to have earned £100 from selling drinks to Turpin and his guests). It is said that he refused the efforts of a local clergyman who offered him "serious remonstrances and admonitions"
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