Law and order in the nineteenth-century Black Country - Policing, Prosecution and Court Procedures


The Black Country experienced massive socio-economic, demographic and cultural changes during the nineteenth century. Among these changes were major developments in law and order, including the ways in which crime was prevented and detected, and how suspects were prosecuted. Thisarticle provides a brief overview of local changes in policing, prosecution and court procedures.

Keywords: Black Country, Crime, nineteenth century, Policing, law and order, Charleys, Bobby, Police, Prosecution, Court Procedures

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