The daylight moon looked quietly down Through the gathering dusk on London town A smock-frocked yokel hobbled along By Newgate, humming a country song. Alone in her stall, his mare, Black Bess, Lifted her head in mute distress; For five strange men had entered the yard And looked at her long, and looked at her hard. They went out, muttering under their breath; And then — the dusk grew still as death. But the velvet ears of the listening mare Lifted and twitched.
40 Incredible Dick Turpin Facts For Kids
Dick Turpin's Famous Ride from London to York
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Dick Turpin - The truth behind Essex's most notorious highwayman
It is amazing how often people will believe something to be absolutely true when it is actually founded on pure fiction! That is almost the case with the legend of Dick Turpin, because the fiction was not completely pure — merely told about the wrong person. It is that an 18th century highwayman named Dick Turpin was able to escape justice by riding his horse Black Bess so fast from London to York — a distance of miles in a single day — that nobody could believe that he had committed the crime of which he was accused.
But Dick Turpin was tried and executed in the city and his grave can be seen in an otherwise unremarkable graveyard. Born in Essex, Turpin was a member of the violent Gregory Gang, becoming a highwayman when they split up. Having shot and killed a man who attempted to capture him he fled to Yorkshire. He gave his name as John Palmer. He was moved to York Castle, from where he wrote to his brother asking for help.