Professor Bob Shoemaker – Crime & Punishment in 18th- Century London.

12th December

Contrary to popular belief London was not quite the den of thieves and vagabonds that we had all believed. Bob Shoemaker’s excellent presentation proved just that, and furthermore revealed statistical evidence to back his argument. He has been instrumental in putting all the reported Old Bailey cases between 1674 and 1913 on line and these can be reached at – a fascinating store of crimes over those years. Another on line source is which shows where and to what extent crimes were committed along with a host of other information of 18th century London. As always there were plenty of questions from the floor and good interaction made for a most interesting morning.