In 1925 the grim doors of Carliol Square gaol in Newcastle closed for the last time after 90 years of service. A unique photographic record of some of the men, women and children imprisoned there 1871-1873 has survived and is now held by Tyne & Wear Archives.
In Victorian Villains Barry Redfern, retired Chief Superintendent of Northumbria Police, investigates the crimes and punishments of these unfortunate Newcastle residents, follows up their mixed backgrounds, and uncovers the social conditions in which they lived. He also takes a look at police methods in Victorian times to discover both a local Sherlock Holmes, and some dissatisfaction in the Newcastle force. In the year of Charles Dickens' bicentenary, find out about real life Artful Dodgers, Fagins, and Bill Sykes that lived and were arrested, in Victorian Newcastle. Winner of the Alan Ball Award for Best Local History Publication 2007
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