How to look for records of... Crime, prisons and punishment 1770-1935

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You can search and download (£)  selected crime records for England and Wales 1770-1935.

These are selected digitised records from a variety of record collections held at The National Archives:

  • Registers of convicts in prison hulks (ADM 6)
  • After-trial calendars of prisoners of the Central Criminal Court (CRIM 9)
  • Quarterly returns of prisoners 1824-1876 of asylums (HO 8)
  • Home Office Criminal entry books 1782-1871 (HO 13)
  • Home Office criminal petitions series 1 (HO 17)
  • Home Office criminal petitions series 2 (HO 18)
  • Home Office registers of criminal petitions (HO 19)
  • Home Office: Registers of Prisoners from National Prisons lodged in County Prisons 1847-1866 (HO 23)
  • Home Office: Prison Registers and Statistical Returns 1838-1875 (HO 24)
  • Home Office: Judges’ Reports on Criminals 1784-1830 (HO 47)
  • Home Office: Newgate Prison Calendar 1782-1853 (HO 77)
  • Home Office: Miscellaneous Criminal Books 1798-1831 (HO 130)
  • Home Office: calendar of prisoners (HO 140)
  • Metropolitan Police: Criminal Record Office: habitual criminals’ registers and miscellaneous papers (MEPO 6)
  • Home Office and Prison Commission: prison records (PCOM 2)
  • Home Office and Prison Commission: Male Licences 1853-1887 (PCOM 3)
  • Home Office: Old Captions and Transfer Papers 1843-1871 (PCOM 5)
  • Treasury: Departmental Accounts: Convict Hulks 1802-1831 (T 38)

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