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The case of Mary Tibbott  
  For the crime of simple larceny, Mary Tibbott was sentenced to a stay in prison.  

Quarter Sessions entry  

This entry reads:
"Ordered that the Prisoner be confined in the Common Gaol for this County for Fourteen days".

Montgomery jailAfter serving her sentence in the County Gaol in Montgomery (which is shown in the photograph on the right), Mary would have found it very difficult to get a job anywhere.
If she could not work then she would have to appeal to the workhouse for help.

Many people coming out of gaol found that they had to choose between the workhouse or stealing again to survive.

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