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Denbighshire Archives: 19th Century prisoners photo books

Almost £30,000 in grants have been awarded to Denbighshire Archives in a number of restoration projects, one of which includes rare 19th century photo books of habitual criminals (taken between the 1860-90s) used by the Denbighshire Constabulary to keep check on repeat offenders.

The books were formerly owned by Denbighshire Constabulary, created in 1848, now North Wales Police, and were used by officers to keep check on people with criminal records. They give a colourful description of people with criminal records, including their photo.

The items will go on show, some for the first time, once the work is completed. Would be interesting to see if I recognise any long, lost family members! You can read the rest of this interesting BBC article here


Photo: Criminal records: This man was 'liberated' in 1874 after being sentenced to 'penal servitude' for robbery with violence.

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