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

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

At the young age of Ellen was ordered to do 7 days hard labour after being convicted of stealing iron when caught with Mary Catherine Docherty, Rosanna Watson and Mary Hinnigan. These photographs are of convicted criminals in Newcastle between 1871 -

Back Court of Glasgow tenement in 1930's No play areas for children, note the 'fresh air cages' constructed outside windows ! Different times !

Back Court of Glasgow tenement in No play areas for children, note the 'fresh air cages' constructed outside windows

'Coffin beds' at a Salvation Army shelter in London 1900

Men in coffin beds in a Salvation Army Shelter © The Salvation Army Heritage Centre

Poor women in the workhouse. Inmates would be given menial tasks as part of the Victorian ideal of salvation through work

Workhouse records go online and reveal British roots of millions worldwide (including Britney Spears)

Women in Work House picking oakum. The Work Houses signified the end of the line. It was either prostitution or the Work House, sometimes both. How sad, for we don't know what brought them to this point.

The Spitalfields Nippers show the East End before the welfare state. This photo of boys sitting on a wall is captioned simply “Brothers”

Horace Warner's photographs of the Spitalfields Nippers shows what happened to some of society's most vulnerable - and reminds us of the value we must place on their protection.

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