Prison Life in Victorian England


Prison Life in Victorian England (The History Press, 2007)


  Prision Life in Victorian England by Michelle Higgs


Prisons in Victorian times

Have you discovered your ancestor had a brush with the law?  Or that he or she worked in an English prison?  This book will give you a real insight into what daily life was like for prisoners, convicts and prison staff.  It uses prison and court records, newspaper reports, contemporary accounts and photographs to bring this period of history to life. 

The book is divided into four parts: Part 1 covers the background to the Victorian English prison system and sentencing; Part 2 describes life in prison including daily routine, living conditions, diet and health, work and discipline; Part 3 is devoted to different kinds of prisoners and convicts while Part 4 describes the different members of prison staff.

Well illustrated with 80 images, this book is a mine of information about daily life in the Victorian prison. 

Buy a signed copy from my shop - postage is free in the UK.  Why not buy one as a unique gift for someone you know with criminal ancestors?  
"A clearly written and beautifully illustrated introduction to the day-to-day experience of prison during its first century as the key penal institution in England...a lively text which should do much to open up the world of the Victorian prison to the general reader..." 
Clive Emsley in BBC Who Do You Think You Are?
Oakum Room, Clerkenwell
The oakum room at Clerkenwell (The Illustrated London News, 1874)
Princetown, Chained Convicts
Chained convicts at Princetown, Dartmoor which was an invalid convict prison.
"For those whose Victorian ancestors did time in prison, this book provides a detailed, well illustrated account of what happened to them and why." 
" extensive history of every aspect of prison life in the 19th century, from the prison staff and their methods of discipline, to the prisoners and their daily routine..."
Family Tree
Laundry, Woking Prison
Women working in the laundry at Woking Prison (The Graphic, 1889).

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