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    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    Crime And Punishment In Olde England's Pubs

    Six folders worth of information of pub history in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire have recently been unearthed. The folders contain information on long lost pubs in the market town, and details gems of information regarding crimes which have happened in or near public houses.

    Clearly you can read the article for yourselves but I was particularly amused by the story of the man sentenced to a month's hard labour for stealing a pound of pig's fry from a pub in 1868, and the man sentenced to prison for a month for stealing goods (a wheelbarrow and a pocket knife) worth 10 shillings from a pub in 1887. Stories like these make you realise how overcrowded prisons would be if these crimes were similarly punished today.

    The information within these folders is being offered to anybody who can make good use of it. I hope a worthy book is in the offing from whoever taked up the offer. Certainly if similar information were available for Northampton, I would snap their hands off.

    1 comment:

    Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

    The prisons did get over crowded, hence we have Australia.