In the village of Forest Row (not sleepy village, the A22 runs through it!), in the early hours of a summer morning in 1801, a mail coach was held up by highwaymen at the foot of Wall Hill.
Two suspects were later caught in Liverpool and first taken to Bow Street in London and from there to the County Gaol in Horsham.
At their trial in the spring of 1802 the two, John and William Beatson were found guilty and sentenced to be hanged at the spot where their crime was committed..
They travelled in a cart from Horsham, seated on their own coffins. Their hangings were the last hangings of highwaymen, and amongst the last hangings in England.
The Hanging Tree, outside the excellent Future Cycles www.futurecycles.co.uk is thought to be the site of the Beatsons’ gruesome end.