a former place of public execution in London, England.

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Examples from the Web for tyburn

Historical Examples of tyburn

  • Had he been at Tyburn he could scarce have met with more attention.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • On May 5th, 1760, he was driven from the Tower to Tyburn in a landau drawn by six horses.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • All at once I bethought me that this street of Oxford was no other than the far-famed Tyburn way.


    George Borrow

  • He pleaded to the indictment, was found guilty, and executed at Tyburn.

  • Wallace was finally taken and executed as a traitor at Tyburn, 1305.

British Dictionary definitions for tyburn



(formerly) a place of execution in London, on the River Tyburn (a tributary of the Thames, now entirely below ground)
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Word Origin and History for tyburn


place of public execution for Middlesex from c.1200 to 1783; it stood at the junction of modern Oxford Street, Bayswater Road and Edgware Road.

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