800,000 new crime and prison records added to FindMyPast

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18 June 2021
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Thousands of records relating to crimes carried out between the years 1784 and 1939 - from rural poaching to highway robbery - have been added to FindMyPast.

The 800,000 newly digitised crime records in association with The National Archives, have been added to FindMyPast’s Crime, Prisons and Punishment collection, which now comprises 6.6 million records.

The new additions span the years 1784-1939 and include registers of inmates from infamous prisons including Pentonville, Wormwood Scrubs, Millbank and Newgate as well as governor’s journals, trial records, lists of visitors, men in solitary confinement, baptisms at women’s prisons and more.

The full list of series added in this latest update includes:

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  • Pentonville (prison registers, minute books) 
  • Gibraltar Prison (visitor's book, journal of proceedings) 
  • Chatham Prison, Kent (Register of Prisons) 
  • Portsmouth Prison (Index of working parties) 
  • Wormwood (Index of working parties, register of prisoners under separate confinement) 
  • Wormwood Scrubs (index of working parties) 
  • Millbank Prison (book of questions) 
  • Newgate (list of prisoners; chaplain, surgeons and sheriff visits) 
  • Bedford Gaol (governor's journal) 
  • Lindsey Gaol (Visiting committee) 
  • Liverpool Gaol (calendar of trials and quarter sessions) 
  • Reading Gaol (entry book of pardons of prisoners, visiting justices) 
  • Lancaster Gaol (Register of Debtors and Plaintiffs) 
  • Oxford Gail (Gaoler's journal) 

Also included are over 1,000 new mugshots taken at Pentonville in 1876.

The full Crime, Prisons and Punishment 1770 – 1935 collection includes 22 series from the National Archives at Kew, recording the intimate details of millions of victims and villains, beginning with judges' recommendations for or against pardons, petitions through which criminals and their families could offer mitigating circumstances and grounds for mercy, and later, licenses containing everything from previous convictions to the state of a prisoner's health.

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