Incredibly Bleak Mugshots Of Kids From The 1800s

Mary Catherine Docherty
Mary Catherine Docherty, 14, got 7 days hard labour for stealing iron. Tyne & Wear Archives And Museums

America has been criticised for being
too quick to arrest kids for minor crimes, but misbehaving children had it way worse in 19th century England.

The Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums has a heartbreaking collection of mugshots on Flickr of British criminals from 1871 to 1873, including many children arrested for petty crimes and sentenced to hard labour.

The mugshots from the Newcastle City Gaol and House Of Correction include a 12-year-old arrested for stealing boots and a 15-year-old arrested for stealing a coat.

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title=”Ellen Woodman, 11, was sentenced to 7 days of hard labour after stealing iron with three other little girls.”
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title=”Richard Rimmington, 15, got two weeks hard labour for stealing a pipe. He didn’t have to serve his sentence because his parents paid a fine.”
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title=”Isabella Dodds, 17, was sentenced to four months in jail for stealing a gold watch.”
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