Combe Gibbet is a gibbet at the top of Gallows Down, near the village and just within the civil parish of Combe in Berkshire (formerly Hampshire).
The gibbet is located at grid reference SU360620, on the Test Way close to the Berkshire-Hampshire border, it is named after the village of Combe, but it is also close to Inkpen. The nearest sizeable town is Newbury in Berkshire. It is built on top of a long barrow known as the Inkpen long barrow. The long barrow is 60m long and 22m wide. Walbury Hill (the highest point in South East England) is just a little further to the east.
It was built to display the bodies of two local murderers. George Bromham, a married farm labourer from Combe, and Dorothy Newman, a widow of Inkpen were together found guilty of the murder of George Bromham’s wife Martha Bromham, and their son Robert Bromham. In order to progress their illicit relationship, “they waylaid Mrs. Bromham and her son Robert close to where the gibbet now stands and beat them to death with staves.” The public hanging took place in Winchester on 3rd March 1676, and the record of the trial is to be found in the Western Circuit Gaol Book for the period 22/23 Charles II. The records are retained in Winchester Library.
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