Category Archives: Keeping the Peace

Eighteenth-century Prosecution Associations

All my Georgian-era mystery stories share one element: the fact that England at the time had no system of public prosecution for crimes. Not only were there no police to investigate criminal acts, there were no official prosecutors to bring … Continue reading

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Food Riots and Recession in Napoleonic-era England

In 1793, the tensions caused by the revolution in france finally exploded into a pan-european conflict. In some ways, it was nothing new. Wars were endemic to most parts of the European continent. Britain and France had been fighting one … Continue reading

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Justices of the Peace in Georgian Norfolk

It’s hard to imagine a time when there was no police or detective force, no system for public prosecution and no official means to investigate crimes and collect evidence to bring the criminals to justice. But that’s just as it … Continue reading

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The Murder of Charles Drew (1740)

It’s not often you can follow a murder case through successive editions of the local newspaper, but this is an exception. All the excerpts which follow are from “The Bury and Norwich Journal”. First, the murder itself. February 9th 1740 … Continue reading

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What was the Alien Office?

The British Secret Service under Pitt: Part 3     The existence of the Alien Office was never a secret. It was established in the early 1790s as a result, in part, of the Police Act of 1792, together with … Continue reading

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The C18th British Secret Service under Pitt (1)

Part 1: Establishment and Growth This is the first instalment in a series of posts dealing with spies and clandestine operations between 1790 and 1815. As the end of the 18th century approached, Britain faced a serious problem. Looming war … Continue reading

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