Victorian Crime and Punishment- Courts, police and prisons (308)

Tutor: Antony Marr

Court records can provide a fascinating glimpse into the criminal lives our ancestors but crime is not the only topic covered in this course. There are records of juries, witnesses, licences for gamekeepers and pedlars plus records from the High Courts & Chancery where families squabble over inheritances and property. We also examine records of the new police force and the management of prisons. This course presents the background and the records, includes illustrations and case studies, and sets forth the best research methods, online and in archives. If your family tree lacks privileged ancestors it may have other well-documented ancestors - those who made their way into records of crime and punishment.

Lesson Headings:
  • The 19th Century Legal System
  • Local Court Records
  • The High Court and Civil Litigation
  • From Parish Constable to Police Constable
  • Prisons and Punishment

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.

Relevant Countries: England and Wales

Course Length: 5 weeks
Start Date:   2017
Unassessed Cost: £49.99 Start Date Available Soon
Assessed Cost: £64.99 Start Date Available Soon
Enquire about this course