CRIMINAL LIVES

Stories from the archives

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Thomas Sweeting: Ripon Borough’s first policeman

In 1836, Ripon Borough set up a watch committee and recruited Thomas Sweeting, a local tailor, as its first policeman. He received £30 per annum and a uniform. But his tenure was not without incident or controversy.

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The story of Ursula Lofthouse

Using contemporary press reports, this is the story of Ursula Lofthouse who was found guilty of poisoning her husband and became the last woman to be publicly executed in York.

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The life of Gerald Brazill: musician, soldier, bigamist

He was a gifted musician and fought in the First World War. But Gerald Brazill had a family secret.

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The Story of Esther Dyson

The tragic tale of a young woman from Sheffield who was sent to a lunatic asylum after murdering her newborn baby.

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Criminals in the asylum – part 2

In the second part of our ‘Criminals in the asylum’ feature, we take a look at three more offenders who found themselves serving time in the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in the 19th century.

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A burning injustice? Criminality in the age of respectability

Read about 17-year-old servant girl Edith Jennings, whose background and family connections appear to have helped her escape the long prison sentence she received for arson.

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Criminals in the asylum

Read about those 19th century criminals who found themselves serving time in a lunatic asylum.

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Arthur Lockey

The Hull businessman who got into trouble with the law in a perfect example of a 20th century white-collar crime.

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Ethel Major

The life of Ethel Major, who was convicted of poisoning and executed at Hull Prison in 1934.

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The 15,000 reduction - 18% of the current prison population - has allegedly been recommended by Public Health England and the Prison Service (HMPPS). Details are set out in a submission from Prison Governors’ Association @PGA_Prisons to @CommonsJustice - seen by @BBCNews

As a museum-of-London-via-policing, we hope we qualify for #LocalMuseumsUnite, as we have the ideal archive entry for #BalloonFlight thanks to Jules Verne and the 1880s @MPSEastBarnet station library ledger...

Check out this useful intro to ‘Beyond the control of his parents’: Reformatory and Industrial Schools in Yorkshire - Our Criminal Ancestors by ⁦@lucie_wade⁩ #familyhistory #crimehistory #juvenileoffenders https://ourcriminalancestors.org/2018/04/beyond-the-control-of-his-parents-reformatory-and-industrial-schools-in-yorkshire/

Prisons Timeline - new to prison history? Here’s a basic introduction to help you find out what it might have been like for your ancestor in prison. Our Criminal Ancestors #crimehistory #familyhistory #prisonhistory https://ourcriminalancestors.org/prisons/

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Oscar Wilde: Council bid to buy Reading Prison rejected ⁦⁦@CrimeandJustice⁩ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-52187652