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St Marylebone Workhouse The year 1834 was an infamous one in English social policy history. It was in that year that the Poor Law Amendment Act was passed,... read more »
On this date in 1985, Kenya air force private Hezekiah Ochuka was hanged for his August 1, 1982 coup d’etat. By ethnicity a politically marginalized... read more »
The late 19th century press was fascinated with new crime-detecting methods. Perhaps still influenced by the scorn that had been heaped on the capital’s... read more »
John George Binet had set up the grand sounding ‘National Detective Agency’ (perhaps modeled on America’s infamous Pinketon’s)... read more »
On this date in 1941, the fascist artist Alexandru Bassarab was killed in World War II — generally believed to be among captured Romanian prisoners... read more »
Although this story is not from one of London’s Police courts it does involve the magistrate system in London. It seems as if when crimes were committed... read more »
(Thanks to the English Catholic Alban Butler for the guest post on three martyrs during Elizabethan England. This entry originally appeared in Butler’s... read more »
Daniel Risbey was in East London to visit his wife, who was an inmate at the London Hospital on Whitechapel High Street. The fifty year-old fisherman from... read more »
A sad selection from the Newgate Calendar: JOSEPH WOOD AND THOMAS UNDERWOOD Two Fourteen-year-old Boys, executed at Newgate, 6th of July, 1791, for robbing... read more »
We are a nation of pet lovers and one supposes that this has ever been so. But this does not mean that everyone, everywhere, sees pets as a ‘good... read more »
AFP dispatches reported that on this date in 2010, Akram al-Samawi was executed in the presence of the family of the victim, Nassiba al-Aghwani, and his... read more »
This is one of those stories that could make a mini drama series all of its own, despite there being very little detail to go on. All it needs is a storyteller... read more »
Messenger. My lord, a prize, a prize! here’s the lord Say, which sold the towns in France; he that made us pay one and twenty fifteens, and one shilling... read more »
Holborn in the mid Victorian period  This blog has noted before that violence towards women was endemic in the Victorian age. The court reports are... read more »
We’ve previously addressed in these pages the 1623 execution of Reinier van Oldenbarnevelt for attempting to assassinate Maurice, Prince of Orange... read more »
Arthur Salvage, in a picture from the Liverpool Echo, 17 September 1931 (via British Newspaper Archive) It was on this day in 1931 that Ivy May Godden... read more »
Given that the Metropolitan Police courts sat six days a week, every week of the year, and most of them from 9 or 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon... read more »
On or very near this date in 1350,* the plague-ravaged city of Visby burned a man remembered as Tidericus (Diderik) the organist. The Gotland capital at... read more »
The Lowther Arcade, Strand  If you are familiar with Piccadilly in central London then no doubt you are familiar with its grand arcades. Arcades like... read more »
On this date in 1896, the Rufus Buck Gang was hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas for a two-week spree of violence against white Oklahoma settlers. More... read more »
Clerkenwell Prison  Margaret Raymond was someone who needed help. Unfortunately for her she lived in the late Victorian period where support for people... read more »