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!

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




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