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Strangers in town in 1847  
 

PC Jones spent a lot of his time moving beggars and poor people on, out of the area. The Justices tended to be wealthier people who paid poor rate - a kind of tax - towards the care of the poor. They would of course be keen to pay as little as possible.

Here are more examples of travellers reported by Constable Jones in his Journal in 1847...

 
  Policeman's diary entry
  "One saillor [sailor], one sailmaker, two pedlers [pedlars] and wifes [wives].  
  Policeman's journal entry
 

"One taillor, one Razer [razor] grinder, one labbur [labourer].

The razor-grinder, like the tailor, also travelled from place to place looking for work. He sharpened the dangerous 'cut-throat' steel razors, like the one shown on the right, which men used to shave themselves in Victorian times.

PC Jones also recorded "1 black man" and "3 males and 2 femles [females] selling sponges" in the lodging houses.
He also had to deal with strangers from Ireland who were seeking food and shelter at a time of famine at home...

Desperate refugees from Ireland...

 

Cut-throat razor
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