29th August 1948
The body of local eccentric Nancy Ellen Chadwick was
found in the street outside Margaret Allen's house.
Nancy Chadwick was an
elderly widow known to be a little eccentric.
Margaret Allen was a 42
year old lesbian, her mother had died in 1943 and she
had not taken it well.
In 1945 she received
medical treatment for attacks of dizziness and she
On investigation the
police discovered blood stains on the wall inside the
front door of Allen's house. When asked by the police
why she had murdered she replied, I was In one of me
funny moods and the old woman got on me nerves. Had she
not made this statement she may have been able to plead
insanity which was almost certainly the case. Her
defence failed and she was hanged.
The murder weapon was a hammer which Allen had used to
batter the 68 year old to death, raining blows to the
head. At her trial she was dressed in men's clothing.
The trial took only five hours and the jury reached
their verdict in only 15 minutes. Although a petition
was raised to try and save her only 162 signatures were
12th January 1949,
Margaret Allen was hanged at Strangeways prison by
executioner Albert Pierrepoint.