Punishments such as whipping, hanging and transportation were imposed after trials that lasted less than half an hour.
1783 The last public hanging took place at Tyburn - forger John Austin was the last to die there.
I listened intently, taking mental notes on their descriptions of the seracs, the crevasses, the hanging glaciers.
Above them, a giant serac - a hanging block of glacial ice - had collapsed and was tumbling down the couloir.
The first thing you see in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is Christ's morgue slab, a polished piece of marble on the floor, guarded by the inevitable squadron of hanging lamps.
There were men among them who would receive more punishment for their infractions than just the standard, relatively painless hanging .
Instead he imagines that the web was suspended close alongside a hanging glob of sap.
Already the hissing had quieted, and the hanging veils of blackened smoke and steam had begun to disperse.
The rocks below provide firm foundations; they also dictate the gradient of a road, the placing of a church, the space available for a terrace or hanging garden.
This time there was no release and the sentence of public hanging was carried out.