Real Outlaws

Dick Turpin Part 1: The Essex Gang

July 4, 2022

“Stand and deliver! Your money or your life!”. It’s the 1730s, the era of the Highwayman. These words haunt the dreams of every rider and coachman who travels the roads of England. The cloaked bandit, face covered, looming out of the darkness - moonlight glinting off the barrel of a flintlock pistol. Noble robbers, folk heroes, or sadistic cutthroats? The myth of these outlaws, these so-called ‘gentlemen of the road’, has stalked English legend for centuries. A no legend looms larger than that of Dick Turpin. This is Part 1 of 3. A Noiser production, written by Danny Marshall. With thanks to James Sharpe, Professor Emeritus at the University of York, and author of Dick Turpin: The Myth of the English Highwayman. For ad-free listening, exclusive content and early access to new episodes, join Noiser+, now available on Apple Podcasts. All shows are also available for free. If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts, press the ‘+’ icon to follow the show for free. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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