Crime and Punishment in Mortlake, by Helen Deaton

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Crime and Punishment in Mortlake, by Helen Deaton
Crime and Punishment in Mortlake, by Helen Deaton

Slim booklet published by the Barnes and Mortlake History Society, 40 pages. A5 size booklet (N6315PE)

From the preface: I first read John Eustace Anderson's The Old Mortlake Watch (printed in 1896) several years ago and realised that I knew little about how Mortlake had been policed over the centuries. Once I began to research this, I discovered that by looking at both the crimes local people committed and their punishments, a fascinating picture of social mores began to emerge. These findings have at times been distressing but always revealing. I have attempted here to give a cross-section of local offences and their punishments to show both how much has changed over the centuries but also what has remained remarkably constant.

There are brief sections on the Mortlake Watch and Watch house, the village stocks, transportation, murder and violent crime, theft and burglary, coining, bigamy, highwaymen footpads and smugglers, and petty sessions.

The condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover