Uniformed officers and a detective of Manchester City Police taken outside their police station in Newton Heath, circa 1880. Detectives of the day liked to dress well and this officer is no exception, looking rather splendid alongside his, somewhat crumpled, uniformed counterparts.    From the collection of www.gmpmuseum.com

three uniformed police officers and one detective. just as all other men, detectives also enjoyed being well dressed

A fascinating collection of Georgian and Victorian police tipstaves and painted wooden truncheons

A fascinating collection of Georgian and Victorian police tipstaves and painted wooden truncheons collected by a Kent man over a period of 40 years

Newgate Prison 1897

Prison meals consisted of bread and oatmeal. Avoid the black spots; those are rodent droppings. (A Cell in Newgate Prison)

Australia or jail - which was worse? British criminals convicted at the Old Bailey in the 18th and 19th Centuries were either jailed, transported to Australia or hanged.

Australia or jail - which was worse?

A research project aims to find out whether transportation to Australia or jail was more effective at rehabilitating British convicts in the and Centuries.

‘Police work in the East End’ - The Graphic (London, England), Saturday, December 28, 1895 - Issue 1361.

‘Police work in the East End’ - The Graphic (London, England), Saturday, December 1895 - Issue via British Library

Life of crime: John Reed, 15, was given two weeks hard labour and five years reformation for stealing money in 1873. Jane Farrell, 12, stole two boots and was sentenced to 10 hard days labor

Fagin's children: Mugshots of Victorian thieves as young as 11 who were sentenced to hard labour for stealing clothes and metal

Jane Farrell stole 2 boots and was sentenced to do 10 hard days labour. She was (Copyright) 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums'.

Capital Punishments: Crime and Prison Conditions in Victorian Times by Steve Jones,

Capital Punishments: Crime and Prison Conditions in Victorian Times by Steve Jones,

Strangeways Prison in the early 1900s showing its Victorian Panopticon design.

Strangeways Prison in the early showing its Victorian Panopticon design. My Dad was born in the house opposite the main entry gate.

Officers from the Bristol City Police practising their cutlass drill in the mid 1870's.

“Officers from the Bristol City Police practising their cutlass drill in the mid

An example of a “private whipping”. A man with his arms placed in the stocks and stripped to the waist is about to be whipped, while court officials and a small number of spectators look on.

A man with his arms placed in the stocks and stripped to the waist is about to be whipped, while court officials and a small number of spectators look on.

This illustration is of Elizabeth Fry holding out her hand to help a female prisoner at Newgate prison who is cowering away from the help. This illustration is from the Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection.

This illustration is of Elizabeth Fry holding out her hand to help a female prisoner at Newgate prison really reminds me of the moment where Mrs Fry reaches out to Bella.

"The 222 Victorian crimes that would get a man hanged" (dailymailonline.co.uk)

The 222 Victorian crimes that would get a man hanged

Spencer Perceval is the only British Prime Minister ever to have been assassinated, by John Bellingham, a merchant with a grievance against the government, who shot him dead in the lobby of the House of Commons. He died 11 May

Garotting was no joke in 1850s London and caused an understandable panic. This, however, is classic Punch for a suggestion: "Mr Remble borrows a hint from his wife's crinoline, and invents what he calls his 'patent anti-garotte overcoat,' which places him completely out of harm's reach in his walks home from the City (Punch, 27 December 1856) via Victorian London

Mr Remble borrows a hint from his wife's crinoline, and invents what he calls his 'patent anti-garotte overcoat,' which places him completely out of harm's reach in his walks home from the City.

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