Locked up in a prison.
Door shut tight.
Rats on the floor.
Lice in our hair and people growing sick.
Food is rationed, water too.
Shackled together my legs rubbed raw.
It's ever so cold when you sleep on the floor
No privacy for me nor no one else
Still shacked together' four by four.
People throwing rotten fruit and stones,
Shouting 'Rot in hell'
Why do you people think it's funny?
Every where we go we get mocked by the crowd ....
'Die in hell'
'You're a disgrace
'Get off our land'
A slam of a hammer.
the posh self centred voice.
A strange grey wig,
A long magnificent robe,
I put my hand on the book,
Confessed to the crime.
Everything just seemed to slow down,
'YOU ARE TO BE HUNG!'
You are to be transported.
The hammer dropped.
Issy Morgan Yr 5
In 1784 a disaster struck an already poor county called Cornwall. This
was such a devastating effect on Cornwall because they were already
struggling with poverty. People were dying from starvation. This lead to
people stealing from others to look after their family, and Mary Broad was
one of them, Mary was only young, 19 in fact, and she knew how to sail a
boat. She decided to go to Plymouth so she could get a job and make some
friends. Mary had to walk and sometimes try to get a lift. Even though it
was a long hard journey she eventually got to Devonport in Plymouth.
Soon after she arrived she met two women
walking across a cobbled road. These women were nasty robbers but Mary soon
got to like them. About two weeks later they decided to plan a robbery in
the streets of Devonport. This was Mary's first attempt at robbery but the
other two were regular' thieves. They had planned and rehearsed it over and
over again but this was the real thing. Mary was scared. This waS getting
serious. Robbery was a hanging offence but they went for it.
They spotted a grand woman and were sure she
was carrying a lot of money. Mary pounced on the woman knocking her to the
ground and ferociously throwing punches at her body while the other two
grabbed as much money and jewellery as they could. Then they legged it
leaving the woman lying helplessly on the ground.
As they were running away from the assault
they were spotted by some soldiers and they instantly recognised the two
women robbers. The soldiers ran towards the women. Now they were worried.
They were getting closer and closer. The soldier grabbed Mary and handcuffed
her. The other two were quickly captured. They knew they were in serious
Danny Frohlick Year 5
Old rusty shackles rubbing into the bare flesh,
Throbbing pain increasing in my head.
Old rotten compost flying through the air. The posh snooty Judge bellows,
'Silence, silence in the court,
I declare Mary Broad to be hung
By the neck til death.'
She leaves court upset and down,
Head full of terrible thoughts,
Back to gaol feeling uneasy.
Three months later...
Feeling better than before,
No more gaol,
She's set free from this terrible place, And transported instead.
Faye Haywood & Abbie Brooks Yr 5
It was the year 1784, the country had gone bankrupt due
to the war with America. Taxes had soared, you had to pay for salt, glass,
candles, animals and much more. The farming, fishing and mining industries had
collapsed which caused poverty and diseases.
I, Mary Broad, lived in Cornwall in a small fishing village called
Fowey. My house was down a cobbled road. It has no windows or candles, in fact
it had no lighting at all.
As time progressed and fresh food and water became scarce more and
more people took to robbery. Me and my friends Catherine and Mary took to
highway robbery. This was punishable by death which is why we had to get in
and out as quickly as possible.
1785 This was the last robbery I committed and by for the most scary.
The person we robbed was called Agnes Lakeman. Mary lay on the road pretending
to be hurt and when Agnes got out of her carriage to help her Cather'ine
jumped out from the bushes to attack her. But Agnes was tough, she charged at
us. She knocked Ca-rherine to the ground and started hitting her. Mary got up
and kicked her. Agnes just lay on the ground whimpering. We stole £12 65. We
left hel" t'ight there but she got up and chased us off down the road straight
towards Plymouth and straight into a group of soldiers.
We were tied up and dragged away.
Robert BriJkes Year 6
Agnes Lakeman's Thoughts
Walking to the court
Many unforgivable souls to see
Judges in front acting high-class
At the back of the procession
Judge in power
In stumbled Mary
Dressed like scum
She smelt like human waste
Fortunately I was at the other end of
Mary was to be hung.
Justice is sweet
The scoundrel Mary
Irons around her feet and neck
Feeling the pain I felt
Joe Henderson and Jack Reed Yr 6
Mary Broad at Court
Will this be my end ....
Or my future?
In the haunting walls of
I was sentenced to be hung.
In the cart
The journey back starts
Harriet Dawson Y5
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