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Victorian Policing (Paperback)

Local History British History True Crime Social History Victorian Era

By Gaynor Haliday
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9781526706126
Published: 15th November 2017


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What was life like for the Victorian bobby? Gaynor Haliday became fascinated with the history of the early police forces when researching the life of her great, great grandfather; a well-regarded, long-suffering Victorian police constable in Bradford. Although a citation claimed his style of policing was merely to cuff the offender round the ear and send him home, press reports of the time painted a much grimmer picture of life on the beat in the Victorian streets.

Handwritten Watch Committee minutes, historical newspapers and police records combine to reveal an account of how and why the various police forces were set up; the recruitment, training and expectations of the men, the issues and crimes they had to deal with, and the hostility they encountered from the people whose peace they were trying to keep.

Gaynor Haliday's great great grandfather Thomas Bottomley served in the Bradford Police for 39 years. He never rose above the rank of constable, but had a long police career and was only once reprimanded. It was his life that led her to produce this lively and enthusiastic book.

Haliday is very good in her discussion of the working life of the Victorian police constable...

...if you want rattling good stories about Victorian policemen, look no further...

WDYTYA? February 2018 - reviewed by Clive Emsley

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About Gaynor Haliday

After many years in business development, Gaynor Haliday is pursuing a second career in writing, working for various clients to create website content, blogs and features. Combining her passion for family and social history she has written various articles about her ancestors for several magazines. In researching this book Gaynor discovered how the brave souls trying to uphold Victorian law, with only a truncheon for defence and a stick to summon help, became the pioneers of modern policing.

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