We’ve really enjoyed playing a game of #SpottedDick in York this month and are glad he’s here to stay!


Dick is back!

Things took a turn for the supernatural at Partners this month, as we helped The York Dungeon launch their latest brand new show, featuring York’s favourite 300-year-old bad boy, Dick Turpin.
Residents and visitors to the city have long paid their respects to the infamous criminal at St George’s graveyard, where a large headstone marks the final resting place of one ‘Richard Turpin’. Or does it?
While researching the man himself for their new show, The York Dungeon uncovered new evidence, courtesy of James Sharpe, Professor Emeritus of Early Modern History at The University of York, that fuels existing speculation Dick Turpin’s remains are not where many believe them to be.
And so it was, that on a wet and windy morning in July, we were ready and waiting to welcome members of the press to St George’s graveyard to hear the latest evidence from the Professor, get a closer look at the grave in question and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the Highwayman himself!
Reporters from ITV News, Calendar, Minster FM and The Press, among others, were surprised to hear that the headstone most likely wasn’t erected in the year of Turpin’s death. So where is Dick? The truth is, we may never know! But it’s amazing to think that after 300 years the Highwayman is still managing to grab the nation’s attention; our story was covered in local, regional and national media.
 Dick Turpin at his York graveside

Less than two weeks later, and it seemed our graveyard goings on may not have gone unnoticed to old Dick. If you were in York on July 17th, you may even have been lucky enough to witness his ‘reverse funeral’, which saw him travel by horse and carriage, very much alive and well, from The Knavesmire where he was hanged in 1789, on a journey taking in sites that played a part in his eventful life - and death - in the city. Once again, he attracted attention from passers-by and media alike. 
Now, we’re happy to say, Dick is nicely settled in to his new show at The York Dungeon, where he’ll be making visitors Stand and Deliver for the foreseeable future. Make sure you pay him a visit if you’re in the area!


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