Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Dark Past of My Macabre Table Lamp ... ; PIECE OF FURNITURE IS MADE FROM THE HANDLE WHICH OPERATED THE STRANGEWAYS GALLOWS TRAPDOOR

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Dark Past of My Macabre Table Lamp ... ; PIECE OF FURNITURE IS MADE FROM THE HANDLE WHICH OPERATED THE STRANGEWAYS GALLOWS TRAPDOOR

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IT'S got to be one of the most macabre pieces of furniture in Greater Manchester.

Gordon Teirney owns a table lamp made from the handle from the former gallows at Strangeways Prison.

The handle was used to operate the trapdoor during hangings carried out by executioners such as John Ellis, Harry Allen and Albert Pierrepoint until hanging was abolished in the 1960s.

Gordon, of Syke, Rochdale, acquired the handle from a friend who used to be a guard at Strangeways - and set about turning into the unusual souvenir.

He said: "It's quite a talking point - when people come to visit I'll often get them to hold it, but I won't tell them what it is.

"Some of the reactions I've had when they find out have been brilliant.

"Some are frightened of it while some say we should bring back back. …

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