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In 18657 Henry Mayhew wrote that that there were 8,600 prostitutes in London who were ‘known to the police’ (others suggested that in total... read more »
Actor Lytton Grey, on the right in this image, was married to one of my ancestors; and attended her 18-year-old sister’s illegal marriage (©... read more »
Silent Witness is one of my favourite TV shows and I’m currently enjoying series 21, which is airing in the UK. Although I have to cover my eyes... read more »
In January 1856 the Crimean War was nearly at an end. The battle of Balaklava (25/10/1854) and Inkerman (25/1/1855) had both taken place and as Austria... read more »
From the London Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, Feb. 2, 1767. An Account of the CRUELTIES, exercised by JOHN WILLIAMSON on his wife, whereby she left... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) Shortly after midnight on this date in 1884, a mob of masked men dragged Michael... read more »
PC 45S was making his way down Brewer Street in central London at six in the morning when he heard a cry of ‘murder’ from inside one of the... read more »
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Jan. 18, 1890: CLINTON, La., Jan. 17. — [Special.] — At 1:15 this afternoon the witnesses summoned by... read more »
Coverage of the case from the Sheffield Evening Telegraph made explicit the unlikelihood of the perpetrator being found On 17 January 1920, Mrs Frances... read more »
In the Victorian period the ornamental lake in St James’ Park was occasionally turned into an impromptu  skating rink. There are reports of... read more »
Colonial Massachusetts sailor Bryan Sheehen culminated a life of warped relations with the opposite sex at his hanging on this date in 1772. According... read more »
Jewish immigrants on Petticoat lane, by George Eastman House The newspaper reports of the late Victorian police courts offer us a window into a past society.... read more »
Villainous blacks, and MORE VILLAINOUS WHITES who have reduced to the level of the beasts of the field these unhappy Africans — and are now obliged... read more »
Today living with someone you are not married to is almost as normal as being wed. There is no stigma attached to unmarried cohabitation and similarly... read more »
Speaker John T Smith (photo via Bucks FHS) A quick heads-up for those of you in or near Buckinghamshire: this Saturday (20 January) will see John T Smith... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1792, sailor John Philips was hanged in Dublin, Ireland after... read more »
The reports of the Victorian police courts reveal much about society in the 1800s. Some of this is very familiar to us and we can imagine ourselves in... read more »
On this date in 1400, the Thomas le Despenser was beheaded — as much a lynching as an execution — by a mob at Bristol. “I have to London... read more »
When Isaac Sinclair appeared at Worship Street police court on 12 January 1854 it was his second time in a fortnight. He had been remanded the week before,... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On January 12, 1949, Margaret Allen was executed by Albert Pierrepoint at Strangeways... read more »
Guest post by Shannon McSheffrey; posted 12 January 2018. In 1430, Henry Ciprian and Roger Bukke, two Augustinian canons, fled from their priory at Waltham,... read more »
Thank you to everyone who has followed the blog over the past 5 years or so. Also thank you to those who have commented, provided additional information... read more »
Today I start my third year classes at the University of Northampton teaching and working with students on a module entitled ‘Crime and Popular Culture... read more »
On this date in 1769, a prolific Swedish burglar named John Martin Andrew went to Tyburn for burgling a Foster Lane jeweler to the tune of seven pair of... read more »
I'm preparing two talks about my shady ancestors for the forthcoming Secret Lives conference. Here are some juicy snippets... read more »
Sometimes I find that the original ‘headline’ is just too tempting not to use. This one, from Lloyd’s Weekly in 1885 sets up a case... read more »
  Alison Eatwell has an easy narrative style which she uses to good effect in this study of early nineteenth-century petitions for clemency,... read more »
Kate Driscoll was a regular in the Clerkenwell Police Court. The 25 year-old book folder* of ‘no fixed abode’ had been sent to prison on numerous... read more »
On this date in 1917 — with the parting cry, “Je demande pardon à la France! Vive la France!” — 18-year-old Grenoble seamstress... read more »
Stagg & Mantle’s store on Leicester Square One of the things that fascinates me whilst reading the reports of the Victorian police courts is... read more »