Crime and punishment in Victorian and early 20th century Derby: New County Gaol

Facade of Derby New County Gaol, Vernon Street 1823-7, with later modifications

A quick preview of some photos of the prison (at bottom of post), and of the census returns listing inmates & employees of the Gaol (1911):

Name Relation Condition/ Yrs married Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Where Born
SMYTHE, Julia Matron Single F 56 1855 Prison Matron Suffolk Ipswich
HARRIS, Emily Warder Single F 39 1872 Prison Warder Staffs Stafford
CROWSLEY, Emily May Warder Single F 30 1881 Prison Warder Devon Pincetown
HUGHES, Bridget Inmate Married F 57 1854 Pedlar: Yorks Leeds
TAYLOR, Eliza Inmate Married F 35 1876 Derby Ilkeston
BENNETT, Hannah Inmate Married F 44 1867 Worcester Netherton
BENNETT, Mary Elizabeth Inmate Single F 29 1882 Charing Notts Langworth
SWINDELLS, Evelyn Maud Inmate Married F 21 1890 Charing Northants Bletchley
GREAVES, Emma Inmate Married F 29 1882 Yorks Sheffield
FREAKLEY, Annie Inmate Married F 44 1867 Cheshire Macclesfield
AUDERSON, May Inmate Married F 30 1881 Lancs Manchester
STAPLEFORD, Mary Inmate Married F 38 1873 Derby Heanor
BIRD, Alice Dean Inmate Single F 21 1890 Buffer Derby Killamarsh
BIRD, Edith Inmate Single F 21 1890 Cutter Notts Shirebrook
WILSON, Malinda Inmate Single F 51 1860 Charing Yorks Sheffield
FISHER, Jennie Inmate Married F 26 1885 Charing Lancs Manchester
GREEN, Maria Inmate Married F 53 1858 Derby Derby
MOORE, Nellie Inmate Married F 22 1889 Charing Yorks Sheffield
SCATTERGOOD, Adelaide Inmate Single F 23 1888 Domestic Cook Derby Ilkeston
BULLOCK, Clara Inmate Married F 36 1875 Derby Chesterfield
GREGORY, Lily Inmate Single F 24 1887 Charing Yorks Sheffield
SWIFT, Elizabeth Inmate Single F 29 1882 Charing Derby Wingerworth
SWIFT, Mary Inmate Married F 54 1857 Leices Leicester
DRURY, Alice Inmate Single F 25 1886 Pedlar Yorks Sheffield
JACKSON, Mary Inmate Married F 44 1867 Leices Whitwick
GRAINGER, Nelly Inmate Married F 33 1878 Lancs Liverpool
EGAN, Mary Ann Inmate Single F 33 1878 Pedlar Yorks Hull
HODGKINSON, Elizabeth Inmate Single F 49 1862 Staffs Burslem
CHEETHAM, Catherine Inmate Widow F 69 1842 Pedlar Leices Quorn
CLAYTON, Lucy Inmate Married F 44 1867 Warwick Birmingham
BARKER, Annie Inmate Married F 34 1877 Yorks Sheffield
WILLIAMS, Margaret Inmate Single F 36 1875 Weaver Lancs St Helens
GREAVES, Margaret Inmate Widow F 50 1861 Pedlar Ireland Town Not Known
BROWNSWORD, Nellie Inmate Widow F 42 1869 Net Mender Derby Derby
ANTHONY, Mary Ann Inmate Widow F 42 1869 Net Mender Derby Derby
ACTON, Thomas Inmate Single M 45 1866 General Labourer Lancs Wigan
ACTON, Harry Inmate Single M 28 1883 Twist Hand Derby Derby
ARCHER, Thomas Inmate Single M 49 1862 General Labourer Staffs Burton
ARMSTRONG, William Inmate Single M 25 1886 Moulder Warwicks Birmingham
BANKS, Charles Inmate Single M 30 1881 Hatter Dorset Dorchester
BOSTON, Joseph Inmate Married M 64 1847 Joiner Staffs Yoxhall
BRADY, Patrick Inmate Single M 26 1885 Coal Miner Hewer Ireland Belfast
BRUNNING, John Inmate Single M 43 1868 General Labourer London Hackney
BROWN, Fred Inmate Single M 30 1881 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Swadlincote
BATTLE, Albert Inmate Single M 19 1892 Coal Miner Hewer Suffolk Walton
BRIGGS, John Inmate Married M 26 1885 Coal Miner Hewer Cumberland Martin in Furness
BROWN, Arthur Inmate Single M 30 1881 Farm Labourer Derby Horsley Woodhouse
BRASSINGTON, Charles Inmate Single M 63 1848 General Labourer Notts Mansfield
BUNTING, James William Inmate Single M 21 1890 Shoe Hand Derby Belper
BROWN, Alfred Inmate Single M 22 1889 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Chesterfield
YATES, John Inmate Single M 39 1872 Drayman Yorks Rotherham
YATES, Thomas Inmate Married M 45 1866 Cooper Lancs Blackburn
YEOMANS, Thomas Inmate Married M 47 1864 Insurance Clerk Notts Eastwood
BRACKNALL, Arthur Inmate Single M 36 1875 General Labourer Notts Bulwell
TAYLOR, Thomas Inmate Married M 60 1851 Hotel Clerk Lancs Manchester
HALL, Ebenezer Inmate Married M 48 1863 General Labourer Derby Derby
BONSALL, James Inmate Single M 28 1883 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Heage
MILNER, William Inmate Married M 52 1859 House Painter Notts Basford
DAVIS, John Lewis Inmate Single M 24 1887 General Labourer West Indies Cinde Static
BALLANCE, George Inmate Single M 64 1847 Coal Miner Hewer Notts Retford
THOMAS, Matthew Henry Inmate Married M 51 1860 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Swadlincote
HINCKLEY, Herbert Inmate Single M 29 1882 Lace Hand Derby Derby
MOORE, John Inmate Single M 50 1861 General Labourer Lanc Manchester
MOORE, John Inmate Single M 50 1861 General Labourer Derby Buxton
TAYLOR, Samuel Inmate Single M 47 1864 General Labourer Derby Derby
MERRICK, Thomas Inmate Single M 33 1878 Gas Stoker Staff Stafford
WHITE, Percy William James Inmate Single M 28 1883 General Labourer Hamps Emsworth
BEARDSLEY, Lewis Inmate Married M 28 1883 General Labourer Derby Melbourne
ROBINSON, Bertram Inmate Married M 40 1871 Factory Clerk Staffs Stoke
ELEY, Thomas Inmate Married M 35 1876 General Labourer Derby Derby
WHITE, Samuel Inmate Married M 54 1857 General Labourer Warwick Birmingham
MORTON, William Inmate Married M 51 1860 Banksman Above Ground Staff Church Gresley
SPENCER, Herbert Inmate Single M 26 1885 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Ilkeston
STATHAM, Frederick Inmate Married M 34 1877 General Labourer Derby Draycott
SWIFT, Thomas Henry Inmate Married M 26 1885 Banksman Above Ground Derby Heage
REIDY, Thomas Inmate Single M 34 1877 General Labourer Derby Derby
COOPER, Frederick Inmate Single M 29 1882 Sign Writer Durham Newcastle
FREAKLEY, Henry Inmate Married M 54 1857 General Labourer Cheshire Macclesfield
TUNNICLIFFE, Thomas Inmate Married M 49 1862 Locksmith Staffs Stafford
PLANT, Edward Inmate Single M 29 1882 General Labourer Derby Ashbourne
BERNARD, Alexander Inmate Single M 35 1876 Coal Miner Hewer Warwick Braile
BETTS, Alfred Inmate Married M 53 1858 Turner Cambs Stamford
BRAYSHAW, Charles Hibbert Inmate Married M 30 1881 Commercial Traveller Derby Chesterfield
BLEASDALE, William Inmate Single M 49 1862 Blacksmith Lancs Manchester
COLQUHANN, John Inmate Married M 24 1887 Hairdresser Devonport
CONNER, Albert Inmate Single M 22 1889 General Labourer Derby Glossop
CHADBURN, William Henry Inmate Married M 40 1871 Coal Miner Hewer Notts Kirby in Ashfield
CHAPMAN, Archibald Inmate Single M 25 1886 Moulder Yorks Sheffield
CARTWRIGHT, John Inmate Single M 22 1889 General Labourer Warwick Birmingham
DEAN, George Inmate Married M 24 1887 Coal Miner Hewer Yorks Micklefield
DAVIS, James Inmate Single M 40 1871 General Labourer Warwick Wolverhampton
DUCK, John Inmate Single M 28 1883 General Labourer Lancs Liverpool
DUFFY, John Inmate Married M 49 1862 General Labourer Ireland Ballyaderry
ELKINS, William Inmate Single M 34 1877 General Labourer Hants Romsey
EDWARDS, Joseph Inmate Single M 46 1865 General Labourer Lancs Liverpool
ENTWISTLE, Pater Inmate Married M 29 1882 Moulder Lancs Bolton
ELVIN, James Inmate Married M 53 1858 Traveller Lancs Manchester
FARRELL, William Inmate Single M 32 1879 Tailor Warwick Birmingham
FERGUSON, James Inmate Single M 24 1887 Seaman Scotland Glasgow
GUION, James Inmate Married M 27 1884 Machinist Ireland Dublin
GORDON, William Inmate Single M 32 1879 Fitter Warwick Birmingham
GREEN, Thomas Inmate Married M 39 1872 General Labourer Derby Derby
GREENWOOD, John Inmate Single M 36 1875 General Labourer Hunts Bury
GREEN, William Inmate Married M 30 1881 Blacksmith Notts Welbeck
GARVEY, Peter Inmate Single M 41 1870 Shoe Hand Boot Derby Chesterfield
GRAVES, Alfred Inmate Single M 39 1872 Shoe Hand Leices Leicester
GLOVER, Samuel Inmate Married M 59 1852 General Labourer Leices Trussington
GREEN, Frederick Inmate Single M 36 1875 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Ripley
GILES, Jack Inmate Married M 23 1888 Coal Miner Hewer Staffs Dudley
HILL, Harry Inmate Single M 27 1884 General Labourer Staffs Burton
HINES, Alfred Inmate Married M 26 1885 Bricklayers Labourer Derby Alfreton
HAYES, Alfred Inmate Single M 31 1880 Coal Miner Hewer Yorks Sheffield
HUBBARD, Samuel Inmate Single M 21 1890 Shoe Hand Leices Leicester
HARDY, Wilfred Inmate Single M 28 1883 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Chesterfield
HALL, Edward Inmate Single M 31 1880 General Labourer Notts Sutton in Ashfield
HARPHAM, Harry Inmate Single M 21 1890 Blacksmit’s Striker Notts Worksop
HANBURY, James Inmate Single M 48 1863 General Labourer Derby Derby
HUSKINSON, Daniel Inmate Single M 42 1869 General Labourer Derby Derby
HALL, John Inmate Single M 46 1865 Spinner Lancs St Helens
INGLEBY, Walter Inmate Single M 22 1889 Coal Miner Hewer Yorks Rotherham
JOYNES, Charles Inmate Single M 22 1889 Coal Miner Hewer Sth Wales Town Not Known
JOHNSON, Isaac Inmate Widower M 61 1850 General Labourer Derby Kirk Ireton
JOHNSON, Joseph Inmate Single M 35 1876 Carter Derby Derby
JOHNSON, Harry Inmate Single M 25 1886 General Labourer Warwick Coventry
JOHNSON, George Inmate Single M 50 1861 General Labourer Lancs Manchester
JOHNSON, Hugh Inmate Single M 38 1873 General Labourer Lincs Brigg
JOHNSON, Joseph Inmate Single M 16 1895 Pony Driver Below Ground Derby Shirebrook
KEY, William Inmate Married M 38 1873 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Barlow
KNIGHT, Alfred Inmate Single M 36 1875 Carter Lancs Liverpool
KEELING, George Vernon Inmate Single M 24 1887 Blacksmith Derby Buxton
KEELING, Alfred Inmate Single M 54 1857 Stone Mason Derby Belper
LOVICK, William Inmate Married M 42 1869 Sign Writer Norfolk Lodden
LLOYD, William Inmate Single M 62 1849 Blacksmith New Sth Wales Australia
LEACH, Martin Inmate Single M 28 1883 Coal Miner Hewer Derby New Whittington
MORTON, John Inmate Single M 26 1885 Coal Miner Hewer Staffs Wimblebury
MCDONALD, Frederick Inmate Single M 23 1888 General Labourer Notts Eastleigh
MYCROFT, John Inmate Single M 69 1842 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Pye Bridge
MARTIN, James Inmate Single M 26 1885 Packer London Kings Cross
MADIN, George Inmate Single M 24 1887 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Chesterfield
MAY, George Inmate Single M 36 1875 General Labourer Kent Sydenham
MCDONALD, James Inmate Single M 61 1850 Electrical Engineer India Cawnpore
MERCHANT, Frank Riverend Inmate Single M 20 1891 Railway Clerk Derby Derby
MEE, William Inmate Widower M 45 1866 Coal Miner Hewer Staff Dudley
MERRICK, William Inmate Widower M 45 1866 Coal Miner Hewer Staff Dudley
MEE, Ernest Inmate Single M 26 1885 Carter Derby Derby
NORTH, John Inmate Single M 49 1862 General Labourer Lincs Lincoln
NEWSOME, Richard Inmate Single M 36 1875 Carter Derby Glossop
NEAL, George Inmate Single M 35 1876 General Labourer London Notting Hill
OAKES, Henry Inmate Single M 22 1889 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Ilkeston
PENISTON, James Inmate Single M 20 1891 Tailor Yorks Leeds
PINDER, John Henry Greenwood Inmate Married M 47 1864 Farm Derby Totley
PEMBERTON, Herbert Inmate Married M 37 1874 General Labourer Derby Chesterfield
PALETHORPE, William Inmate Married M 47 1864 Pedlar Notts New Radford
PICK, Henry Inmate Single M 37 1874 Pedlar Derby Derby
RYAN, John Inmate Single M 40 1871 General Labourer Yorks Leeds
RYDING, William Inmate Single M 54 1857 Engine Fitter Notts Basford
REYNOLDS, Joseph Inmate Single M 28 1883 Hotel Waiter Leices Leicester
ROBINSON, Levi Inmate Single M 33 1878 House Painter Cambs Bourne
PLATSON, James E Inmate Married M 34 1877 General Labourer Derby Little Chester
SEARCEY, Isaac Inmate Married M 45 1866 Lace Hand Notts Sherwood
SMALLEY, Edward Inmate Married M 36 1875 General Labourer Notts Eastleigh
SMALLEY, Henry Inmate Single M 42 1869 General Labourer Notts Nottingham
SWEENEY, Charles Inmate Widower M 41 1870 General Labourer Yorks Sheffield
STRAW, Ernest Inmate Single M 30 1881 General Labourer Derby Long Eaton
SHEPHERD, John Alexander Inmate Single M 38 1873 Tin Smith Cumberland Carlisle
STANLEY, Frederick Inmate Single M 31 1880 General Labourer Derby Derby
SALT, Joseph Inmate Single M 61 1850 General Labourer Staff Hamstall Ridiwall
SCHOFIELD, John Inmate Single M 43 1868 General Labourer Lancs Liverpool
SMITH, George Henry Inmate Single M 20 1891 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Derby
SMITH, Frank Inmate Single M 22 1889 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Wingerworth
STORER, Charles Inmate Single M 30 1881 Shoe Hand Leices Leicester
SILKSTONE, Thomas Albert Inmate Single M 23 1888 Telegraph Clerk Derby Derby
STABLEFORD, James Inmate Married M 52 1859 General Labourer Leices Leicester
SHEPHERD, Percy Inmate Single M 23 1888 Farm Labourer Notts Stapleford
STUBLEY, Arthur Inmate Single M 31 1880 Printer Leices Leicester
SAVAGE, Arthur Inmate Single M 22 1889 Farm Labourer Norfolk Burnham Market
SMITH, Henry Inmate Single M 24 1887 General Labourer Essex Thaxted
SHORT, Henry Inmate Single M 24 1887 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Chesterfield
SMITH, George Inmate Single M 39 1872 General Labourer Derby Hasland
SEARSON, Thomas William Inmate Married M 39 1872 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Calow
THACKER, Samuel Inmate Single M 19 1892 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Chesterfield
THOMPSON, George Inmate Single M 62 1849 General Labourer Oxford Witney
THORPE, Frederick William Inmate Single M 44 1867 Coal Miner Hewer Yorks Conisboro
TOWNEND, William Inmate Single M 27 1884 Farm Labourer Derby Hope
TWIGGER, Joseph Inmate Married M 59 1852 Coal Miner Hewer Warwick Bedworth
TAYLOR, Richard Inmate Married M 44 1867 General Labourer Derby Derby
WOODINGS, James Inmate Single M 36 1875 General Labourer Staffs Newbrough
WEGLAGE, Henry Inmate Married M 26 1885 General Labourer Mon Newport
WARD, Richard Inmate Married M 38 1873 Bricklayer Derby Ilkeston
WILSON, Henry Inmate Single M 22 1889 Baker Durham Sunderland
WOLDRAH, George Inmate Married M 31 1880 Photographer Derby Smalley
WALTERS, William Inmate Single M 38 1873 General Labourer Derby Ripley
WHITE, George Inmate Widower M 53 1858 Coal Miner Hewer Derby Staveley
WILLIAMS, Harry Inmate Single M 40 1871 General Labourer Not Known
WATSON, William Inmate Single M 57 1854 General Labourer Yorks Leeds
WALTERS, William Inmate Widower M 47 1864 Photographer London Peckham
WILLIAMS, John Inmate Widower M 69 1842 General Labourer Somerset Donnerton
WINFIELD, Samuel Inmate Married M 30 1881 Coal Miner Hewer Notts Bulwell
WEST, John Inmate Single M 24 1887 General Labourer Warwick Birmingham
WOOLEY, Alfred Inmate Single M 31 1880 General Labourer Derby Derby
RADFORD, Ernest Inmate Married M 23 1888 General Labourer Derby Derby
WESTON, Charles Inmate Single M 37 1874 General Labourer Staffs Barton Nr Burton
WOOD, James Inmate Single M 60 1851 General Labourer Yorks Barnsley
BROWN, Thomas Inmate Single M 47 1864 Engine Fitter Yorks Bradford
WILSON, George Inmate Single M 23 1888 General Labourer Warwick Birmingham
JACKSON, George Inmate Single M 35 1876 General Labourer Notts Nottingham
RICHARDSON, Arthur Inmate Single M 55 1856 Engine Fitter Durham Hartlepool
CLARKE, John Inmate Single M 28 1883 General Labourer Lancs Blackburn
BOSWELL, Joshua Inmate Married M 22 1889 General Labourer London Battersea
HUNT, George Inmate Single M 39 1872 General Labourer Lincs Collingham
HODGKIN, John Inmate Single M 24 1887 Jobbing Gardener Lincs Castle Bytham
RYLATT, William Inmate Married M 33 1878 Puddling Furnaceman Lincs Kirton Lindsey
ROWSON, John Inmate Single M 45 1866 Fisherman Lincs North Coates
SMITH, William Inmate Single M 33 1878 Ships Stoker Yokrs Bawtry
STEPHENS, Thomas Inmate Single M 31 1880 General Labourer Notts Worksop
ALLARD, John Inmate Married M 42 1869 Gas Fitter Warwick Birmingham
DUNBAR, John Inmate Single M 24 1887 Seaman Scotland Edinburgh
HUTSON, Frank William Inmate Single M 23 1888 General Labourer Lincs Market Deeping
BRAMLEY, Henry Inmate Single M 19 1892 Coal Miner Hewer Notts Worksop
PRICE, John Inmate Married M 33 1878 Ships Fireman Yorks Hull
TAYLOR, Charles Inmate Single M 38 1873 Ships Fireman Lancs Manchester
KENNEDY, John Inmate Nm M 23 1888 Shoemaker Yorks Austhorpe
STANLEY, Richard Inmate Married M 36 1875 Ships Cook Derby Melbourne
BROWN, George Inmate Single M 26 1885 General Labourer Staffs Stoke
CHASE, Samuel Inmate Single M 19 1892 Butcher Lincs Boston
MURRIE, Thomas Inmate Single M 50 1861 Iron Moulder Essex Colchester
WRIGHT, William Inmate Single M 51 1860 Cooper Staffs Burton
SPIRINGS, John James Inmate Single M 44 1867 General Labourer Lincs Dogdyke
EVANS, John Inmate Single M 39 1872 General Labourer Staffs Crewe
VICKERS, Harry Inmate Single M 40 1871 Delver Stone Quarry Yorks Otley
WILLIS, Henry Inmate Single M 48 1863 General Labourer Oxford Oxford
FAULKNER, William Inmate Married M 47 1864 Lace Hand Notts Nottingham
TAYLOR, Richard Inmate Married M 52 1859 Pedlar Warwick Birmingham
BOOTH, Charles Inmate Single M 39 1872 Pedlar Lincs Holton
BELL, William Inmate Single M 47 1864 General Labourer Notts Nottingham
DOYLE, Henry Inmate Single M 53 1858 General Labourer Kent Croydon
SHORT, William Inmate Single M 54 1857 General Labourer Norfolk Norwich
TOWNSEND, Marshall Inmate Single M 33 1878 General Labourer Norfolk Norwich
WILKINSON, Henry Inmate Married M 32 1879 General Labourer Scotland Glasgow
WOODS, James Inmate Single M 28 1883 Cotton Spinner Salop Wellington
TURNER, Henry Inmate Single M 46 1865 General Labourer Yorks Rotherham
SLANEY, Ernest Inmate Single M 21 1890 Pedlar Notts Retford
SCHOFIELD, Edward John Inmate Married M 42 1869 Jobbing Gardener Notts Newark
SCOTT, Richard Inmate Married M 25 1886 Boatman Notts Fiskerton
ROCHE, John Inmate Married M 35 1876 Sadler Warwick Birmingham
PAPWORTH, Frederick Inmate Single M 39 1872 General Labourer Cambs Peterboro
KNOWLES, John Inmate Single M 35 1876 Glazier Ireland Dublin
JONES, William Inmate Single M 43 1868 Boot Maker London Bethnal Green
GATHERCOLE, George Inmate Widower M 64 1847 Bricklayer Durham Feltwell
ELVIN, William Inmate Single M 36 1875 House Painter Norfolk Norwich
COOPER, George Inmate Single M 37 1874 Ships Fireman Yorks Parkgate
BELLAMY, John Inmate Single M 29 1882 Baker Lincs Broughton
BENTLEY, George Inmate Single M 23 1888 General Labourer Yorks Leeds
BROWN, John William Inmate M 0 1911 Derby Shirebrook
STABLEFORD, Emily Inmate F 0 1911 Notts Basford

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South Street: Turn-key's house (white building, centre right)

18 South Street: Chief Warder’s house (white building, centre right)

Census 1911:

Address Name Relation Condition/ Yrs married Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Where Born
18 South St Derby GEORGE, William Head Married M 56 1855 Chief Warder Kilpeck
18 South St Derby GEORGE, Rhoda Wife Married
33 years
F 56 1855 Wife Housekeeper Llangarron
18 South St Derby GEORGE, Frank Son Single M 26 1885 Tailor Hereford
18 South St Derby GEORGE, Horace Son Single M 21 1890 Grocers Assistant Hereford
18 South St Derby GEORGE, Wilfred Son Single M 19 1892 Boot Finisher Hereford
18 South St Derby GEORGE, Harold Son Single M 18 1893 Clothiers Assistant Hereford
18 South St Derby GEORGE, Gordon Son M 12 1899 School Hereford

Some photos of the Gaol (not great quality – better to follow ASAP):

Gaol Facade

Gaol Facade

Gaol 'window'

Gaol ‘window’

According to plan, approx. location of Gaol Cemetery was in the area of the office buildings to the mid-top left of the frame

According to plan, approx. location of Gaol Cemetery was in the area of the office buildings to the mid-top left of the frame

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4 thoughts on “Crime and punishment in Victorian and early 20th century Derby: New County Gaol

  1. ursula brown

    after reading about the underworld story i found a inmate called fred brown b 1881 in swanlincote derbyshire as an inmate i would like to find out about his sentance and how long was he their for etc thanks for your help

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    1. Underworld Archaeology Post author

      Hi Ursula,

      Thanks for your comment.

      As yet I know nothing of the individuals listed as inmates of the prison, but prompted by your enquiry, I had a very quick look at some online records. I checked for Fred Brown here: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/record_office/records/prisoner_records/default.asp, but unfortunately nothing came up (despite it being a pretty common name). And in the online newspaper archive (which ends in 1913), but again found nothing that exactly matches these details (although a search of name variants may bring up something). The only Fred Brown I did find was (in Sheffield Daily Telegraph July 07, 1899) convicted in Mansfield for a month, for stealing a bunch of keys – he is recorded as from Shirebrook. The census doesn’t seem to turn up anything certain from a quick search, either – only (in 1901) an Alfred Brown, Coal Miner / ‘Odd Labourer’ born in Northants., living in the nearby Burton (Staffordshire) district at 146, High Street, Stanton and Newhall.

      When I get chance (unfortunately this may not be for a while, as I’ve a few things on at the moment), I’ll see if I can find anything in the odd records I might have; if I do, I shall post it on the blog.

      If you’re interested in this person, and able to do so, it might be worthwhile to visit the Derbyshire Records Office in Matlock, Derbyshire, UK (http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/record_office/records) and see what might come up there. If you’re unable to visit, the staff can be contacted via phone or email, and will often do document searches and send the results (for a fee).

      It’s interesting to hear about individuals, so if you do find out more about Fred, please let me know!

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  2. Underworld Archaeology Post author

    PS for Ursula: also in the 1901 census, a Charles F Brown, ‘Coal Miner Loader’, at 179, Regent Street, Church Gresley (Derby), Burton, recorded as born in Smisby, Leicestershire (quite close to Swadlincote).

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