The Bridewells of Hitchin

The Bridewells of Hitchin

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This short but detailed book offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of crime and punishment in Hitchin.

Author Simon Walker details the unpleasant conditions of the original gaol (known as a Bridewell) in Tilehouse St, and then goes on to highlight the developments in Hitchin’s policing with the move of the Bridewell to Bancroft, and the later construction of a police station first on Bancroft and then at the current site on College Road.

With images, reproduced reports and plenty of interesting tales, this book is perfect for anyone interested in Hitchin’s local history and the history of policing in Hertfordshire.