Manch­ester Mar­tyrs ex­e­cuted

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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.

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