The Jury

A brief history of crime and punishment from the 17th to 19th centuries. The Wakefield House of Correction, Rothwell Debtors’ Prison and York Castle Prison are highlighted. The article gives family case histories of those who skirted the edges of the law and were sometimes punished.

A look at the treatment of madness form the middle ages to the present with particular emphasis on the West Riding Asylums and individual cases from the author’s family history.

Description of the shoddy and mungo industries of West Yorkshire and my family connections to that process.

By Christine Widdall, this book was written to commemorate 150 years of photography and photographers in Oldham from 1867-2017 Note from the author: Although I was born in Dewsbury, I moved to the Oldham/Saddleworth area when I got married and have been a member of the Oldham Photographic Society for…