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Victorian Villains: Prisoners from Newcastle Gaol 1871-1873 Paperback – 5 Oct 2006


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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Tyne Bridge Publishing (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857951085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857951080
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lyma on 18 Aug 2013
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I found this book very interesting but sad. It gives a glimpse into the lives of Newcastle's poor in the Victorian era. All are petty criminals whose only real "crime" is crushing poverty. Their photographs add to the poignancy and we see them as individuals - most with gaunt faces and hopeless expressions, condemned to harsh punishment, including hard labour, irrespective of age or gender. The real crime is that, for them, there was no other way to survive.
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I'm very into my family geneaology and although we don't originate from (nor indeed migrated to)Newcastle, I was interested to know more about people in this era of history who might have come from very poor backgrounds, as my ancestors did. It's a sad but insightful account of mostly petty criminals, many of whom probably committed an offence due to the extreme poverty within which they lived, and the often severe punishment meted out to them in such hard times. A sobering but fascinating read.
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