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Hangman's ladder

Among the artefacts stored in the upper reaches of the cathedral you will find the Hangman's Ladder, with side by side sets of rungs. Two would go up, but only one would climb down...
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Picture added on 29 September 2005
there was also a big bell and a broken stone coffin up there too, may still be there
Added by gillian on 31 January 2006
Last time the ladder was used 4th December 1728 and that was for the execution of a young lass Miss Meason from Shapinsay
Added by Ross Flett on 14 March 2015
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