Manchester Martyrs executed
It was in the same year as Lilly Maxwell’s vote that another significant event took place, also in what is now Greater Manchester. It was on this day in 1867 that three members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood were publicly executed at Salford Gaol for murdering a police officer in the city. The officer, Charles Brett, had been in a horse-drawn police van that was taking two other members of the Brotherhood to Belle Vue Gaol: the three men – William Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien – shot and killed him as they tried to blow the van’s lock open. The two men in the van escaped and were never recaptured; their rescuers were hanged in front of a crowd of around 10,000 people.