By Trevor Fawcett
Issue 27, Summer 2013 pp 21-25
“Though we have long boasted of having fewer robberies committed here than in any place of equal size, yet it is impossible to be entirely exempted from lawless plunderers’, according to a sober assessment from 1786. Indeed, by the later eighteenth century, there were few places so full of temptations and opportunities as Bath, with all its well-to-do residents and visitors, opulent shops, fine houses and well-stocked gardens. In this article, Trevor Fawcett examines the record of the city’s prosecution society in the constant fight against property crime”.
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