Wednesday, 20 October 2010

York County Gaol with searchable database

Opened in 1705 York County Gaol was classed as the most stately prison ever built, both internally as well as the wonderful magnificent architectural exterior. It closed at the end of the 19th century and is now York Castle Museum.

Fully searchable database free for thousands of prisoners incarcerated there during the 18th and 19th centuries. A great resource for family historians to help track down their convict ancestors and victims of crime.

The most famous prisoner imprisoned there was the highwayman Dick Turpin. He spent his last 6 months in York prison before being hanged in 1739 for horse stealing.

Gives details including dates and places of birth, occupations and detail of crimes and debts – both for perpetrators and their victims of:

Criminals transported to America between 1704 and 1775.

Criminals executed between 1710 and 1889

Insolvent debtors between 1710 and 1813

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