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Crime and punishment
  Changing attitudes to crime  

During the reign of Queen Victoria the attitudes of those in power (the authorities) to crime changed considerably. This meant that the punishments given to criminals changed also.

Gradually a less harsh and fairer system of enforcing the law was established.

Choose from the menu below to look at material on Crime and Punishment in Machynlleth and the Dyfi Valley.

Victorian police sergeant
Pick a villain here ...
The Montgomeryshire Quarter Sessions
Stealing a flannel
Found guilty of larceny in 1840
Robbing the master
Servants charged with theft in 1841
Cheating the railways
A new kind of crime, 1869
Constable Jones' Journal:
On the beat in the 1840s
"Unlawful wounding" at Machynlleth:
"all done in drunkenness".
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