UK’s most notorious pub where last woman to be hanged murdered lover to reopen

One of the UK's most notorious pubs where the last woman to be hanged in Britain shot dead her lover is gearing up to reopen.

The Magdala Tavern, where Ruth Ellis carried out the murder, has been closed as a pub for seven years.

Bullet holes from the shooting were said to have still been visible in the wall of the boozer in Hampstead, north London.

The infamous site was in danger of being turned into flats, although the plans fell through following a backlash from residents.

Comedian Frank Skinner even joined the fight to stop it becoming a 880sq ft two-bedroom luxury apartment.

After an 18-month renovation, the historic pub is now ready to reopen and will start selling takeaway drinks when lockdown is eased from April 12.

Landlord Dick Morgan, 70, who grew up 500 yards away and heard the fatal shots as a boy, vowed to restore it to its “former glory”.

He said: "I was five at the time and my old man used to tell me that I asked what the gunfire noise was.

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"At the time it was a big thing and people still speak about it. We want to restore the pub to its former glory, councils in London have let too many pubs go.

"We are totally independent and will be bringing this to the area. We won't be working with big breweries."

The pub was listed as an asset to the local community which prevented its demolition.

In 2019 Camden Council granted an alcohol licence after the owner gave a 25-year lease to Mr Morgan.

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Ellis, 28, gunned down her abusive lover David Blakely, a racing driver, as he left the watering hole on Easter Sunday in 1955.

The first bullet missed, the second hit him before she fired three more at close range as he lay on the pavement.

A jury took just 20 minutes to convict her of murder and she was hanged at Holloway prison in three months later, in 1955.

Campaigns are still trying to get a pardon for Ellis on the grounds her mental state was affected by the abuse she suffered by him, an element not considered in court at the time.

The pair were regularly unfaithful to each other and Blakely became violent.

He caused model and nightclub hostess Ellis to miscarry their baby when he punched her in the stomach.

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