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Plaque marks final public hanging
The site of the last public hanging in Birmingham is being marked with a plaque, after the spot was wrongly identified for a number of years.

Philip Matsell was hanged in front of a crowd of 40,000 in August 1806 for shooting and wounding a "peace officer" - an early form of police officer.

The execution took place on the corner of Great Charles Street and Snow Hill, not Ludgate Hill as first thought.

The mix up may be because hangings in London took place in Ludgate Hill.

The new plaque, known as a History Plate, is being unveiled by Birmingham's Civic Society.

Conceding it was a "gruesome" act to commemorate, a spokesman said Birmingham stopped its public hangings many years before other cities.

The unveiling will be at the West Midlands Police Museum in Sparkhill, Birmingham, with the plaque being put up under the Great Charles Street railway bridge later.

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