Off with his Head!

Date: 16/10/10   Duration: 2.49 minutes

Live at Ye Olde Man and Scythe

 A bloodthirsty crowd gathered outside Ye Olde Man and Scythe Inn to watch a re-enactment of the execution of James Stanley, the seventh Earl of Derby during the English Civil War on the 15th October 1651.

The Earl’s family owned the hostelry at the time – and this was the reward that the Landlord received - no doubt this thought was uppermost in the current landlord’s mind as he placed his head on the block.

Fortunately, John Jewitt’s clientele are a little more forgiving and he still has a good head - both on his shoulders and on his beer, even though he has been staging the street play in front of his pub since 2003!

Local historian David Casserley has written a new version of the play for this year which tells in an entertaining way the story of the Bolton Massacre for which James Stanley was held responsible and his eventual demise following a manhunt by Oliver Cromwell and his men.

Lancashire One joined the crowds to witness the tale and the execution.