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Community Lecture: Crime and Punishment on the Thames

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John Stow Room, Guildhall Library

Aldermanbury

London

EC2V 7HH

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From pickpockets to pirates, drunks to debtors London and it's river have a long criminal history. Drawing on both archaeological and historical records, we will examine how Londoners both engaged in and fought to prevent crime in their city. Ranging from the thiefs operating amongst medieval London's thriving waterfronts to the organised gangs who targeted the lucrative West Indies trade, crime has led to the reaction of the law. The excesses of the Bloody Code and the gibbets displaying the corpses of pirates to the transportation system and the first preventative police force in London all find themselves on the Thames. This lecture will bring together these two closely linked strands of London's history and frame them in the context of the Thames.

This lecture is part of a series of free community events run by the Thames Discovery Programme and supported by Tideway.

Refreshments will be avaliable before the lecture and before questions. Doors will open at 6:30pm for a prompt 7pm start.


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