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Postby Gen10ck@2502 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:57 pm

Hello
Can anyone tell me where I might find prison records for female inmates for the Durham-Sunderland area between 1870-1898. I have tried Durham County records office but they only have them for men, and I can't find anything in the National Archives. I have found a lot of info from the local newspapers but it doesn't say where the women were sent or where they were living at the time of the offence. Thank you
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Re: Prison records

Postby Sylcec » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:47 am

Durham County Gaol and House of Correction in 1830 (sorry - rather early!) held both men and women and features in a report. "Society for the improvement of prison discipline and for the reformation of juvenile offenders" Vol.8

This may be a better link: https://community.dur.ac.uk/4schools.resources/Crime/Durhamprison2.htm
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Re: Prison records

Postby Gen10ck@2502 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:10 pm

Thankyou I will follow the link and see where it takes me.
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Re: Prison records

Postby Gen10ck@2502 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:22 pm

Thank you again but it is not really what I am after. I hoped there might be a register of inmates along with information of the crime and where they were living at the time. If anyone else has any ideas I would be most grateful. Thank you
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Re: Prison records

Postby junkers » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:34 pm

There would be Prison Commission (PCOM series at The National Archives (TNA)) but they are arranged by names of the offenders and similarly women released on licence ('female licences) also available on line and the Calendars of Prisoners (series HO 140 at TNA), so it is going to be difficult to trace a list of inmates in a book. Newspapers (try the British Newspaper Archive) are in my view the best way to start.
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Re: Prison records

Postby Gen10ck@2502 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:54 pm

Thank you again

I have recently purchased a subscription to the British Newspaper Archive which is where I found out about my ancestors troubled past. It gives brief details of the misdemeanour, mainly drunk and disorderly, and the fine or sentence (usually a month ). I was hoping that if there were surviving records there might be more personal information. I will try the National Archives again using the search you suggest. Thank you
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