Fed up with her husband’s continual drunken violence towards her, Mary Farrington, 26, left him after 18 months of marriage and went to live with her uncle in Leigh, Manchester, taking their newborn baby with her.

That was too much for Henry Farrington, 25. He part-exchanged a clock for a pistol, went to the house where Mary was staying, grabbed the child and shot his wife dead.

He was hanged outside Kirkdale Prison on Saturday, September 14th, 1867, in the last public execution in the city.