Post Medieval punishment place, Wolvey Heath

Description of this historic site

The possible site of a Post Medieval punishment place where Lady Smyth was burnt at the stake. The site is suggested by documentary evidence and is situated to the south of Wolvey Heath.

Notes about this historic site

1 Lady Smyth was burnt at a stake near the Hermitage on Wolvey Heath. The country people to this day show the place. About 100 yards S of the Hermitage is a circle of raised ground where the Lady Smyth was burnt.
2 The scene of a public execution in 1555, when Lady Smyth was burnt to death for the murder of her husband Sir Walter Smyth of Sherford.
3 This circle of raised ground was not identified.

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