John Nevison
(1639-1685)

Died aged c. 46

John Nevison (1639 – 4 May 1684), also known as William Nevison, was one of Britain's most notorious highwaymen, a gentleman rogue supposedly nicknamed Swift Nick by King Charles II after a renowned 200-mile (320 km) dash from Kent to York to establish an alibi for a robbery he had committed earlier that day. The story inspired William Harrison Ainsworth to include a modified version in his novel Rookwood, in which he attributed the feat to Dick Turpin. There are suggestions that the feat was actually undertaken by one Samuel Nicks.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

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Bill Henderson on Geograph

John Nevison (1639-1685), the famous robber and highwayman, seen by some as a latter-day Robin Hood, was reputedly arrested in The Three Houses Inn at Sandal prior to his conviction and execution at York in 1685

Three Houses Inn, 379 Barnsley Rd, Wakefield, United Kingdom where they reputedly arrested

Nevison's Leap Named after John or William Nevison 1639-1685, a notorious highwayman reputed to have leapt on horseback across the then narrower road cutting to escape his pursuers. Dick Turpin's ride from London to York was in fact a feat of Nevison's.

approx 300m from the pub towards Pontefract, Ferrybridge Road, Pontefract, United Kingdom where they leapt on horseback across the then narrower road cutting to escape his pursuers

Here Nevison killed Fletcher, 1684

Howley Hall Ruins, Batley, United Kingdom where they shot (1684)