Unsolved Murders

William Hallam

Age: 63

Sex: male

Date: 20 Dec 1922

Place: Kirklington Institute, Southwell, Nottingham

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

William Hallam was battered to death with a heavy chain.

He was the steward of the Kirklington Institute in Southwell.

He was attacked as he left the club after shutting it up at about 10.15pm on 19 December 1922 and had a box containing £20 taken from him.

He died the following day.

Two men who had left a club a short while before William Hallam locked up said that they had got about a quarter of a mile away from the club when they heard banging sounds but just thought that it was William Hallam chopping wood.

When William Hallam was found he was still alive and in a dying deposition he said that he had received a heavy blow on the head by a man younger and taller than himself.

Police later found a chain in the field that the club hut was in which had marks that medical men said they considered to be human blood. However, the chain was not identified. They also found the broken portions of a welded blacksmith's hook with a piece of string commonly used by farmers for hay-binding attached.

The box had contained £15. 9s. in Treasury notes and cash and a cheque for £5. The missing cashbox was later found in the River Greet. It had been forced open.

The doctor said that William Hallam had been hit repeatedly with a weapon, possibly the chain.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Dundee Courier - Wednesday 24 January 1923

see Dundee Courier - Friday 05 January 1923