England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935

Were your ancestors in trouble with the law? Follow them through over 3 million records of criminals who passed through the justice system in England and Wales between 1770 and 1935. Find out where they stood trial, what sentence they were given and what their life was like in prison. You can also find physical descriptions and photographs, find out if they were executed or transported, and even read official correspondence about their case as well as petitions sent by the accused and their family and friends to have sentences reduced. This extraordinarily rich collection of records covers the justice system from the days of the Bloody Code - where most property crimes carried a death sentence - to the justice system we know today.


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