Tagged with English law

A Mother and a Thief

Another notice from the Staffordshire Advertiser of March 1853: SARAH BROWN, 30, indicted for stealing one hen fowl, the property of William Durbin at Westbromwich, on the 25th February, was found guilty, and sentenced to 3 months’ imprisonment, with hard labour. The prisoner whose husband was transported 4 years ago, had an infant in her … Continue reading

Shaming as Punishment

I have just started reading Jon Ronson’s wonderful book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed in which he discusses punishments such as the pillory which humiliated offenders, and cites how they were abolished as they were too painful, so were abolished to be replaced with pain. This makes sense in view of my earlier post on … Continue reading

Heroic Women

Images we have of 18th century women are generally that they were frail well mannered, ala Jane Austen, but this was a world away from the realities of woken women, most of whom worked harder and longer than we can imagine. W H Pyne gave us an image of a family of mrickmakers, the arms … Continue reading