The Magdala

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The Magdala, 2008

The Magdala, also known as Magdala Tavern or colloquially as simply The Magy, was a public house on South Hill Park in Hampstead and was named after the British victory in the Battle of Magdala.[1][2] It later became famous as the pub where Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in Great Britain, shot her boyfriend in 1955.[3]

The Magdala closed in February 2016, and the upper floors converted to flats.[4] The pub is listed as an Asset of Community Value. There is ongoing debate about its future.


  1. ^ The Local Historian, 1980, p. 468
  2. ^ Christopher Wade (1973), More streets of Hampstead, Camden History Society, p. 20, The first building in this street was The Magdala Tavern, which was already there by 1868.
  3. ^ Foot, Tom (25 June 2014). "SOLD: the pub where Ruth Ellis shot her lover". Camden New Journal. New Journal Enterprises Ltd. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  4. ^ Famous Ruth Ellis murder pub The Magdala shuts its doors

Coordinates: 51°33′20″N 0°09′56″W / 51.5556°N 0.1656°W / 51.5556; -0.1656