Heckmondwike justice from 1877

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Life was very different in Heckmondwike 140 years ago – and magistrates seemed to take a tougher approach to petty crime.

People were routinely sent to prison for two weeks for drunkenness, vagrancy and begging – and often got into trouble for falling asleep at their cart reins!

Heckmondwike market.

Heckmondwike market.

We’ve uncovered these court stories from the 1877 Heckmondwike Herald which are sure to make you smile.