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Capital punishment, 1700-1934 : a case study of Hull

Harrison, Toby Paul


Toby Paul Harrison



[From the introduction:]
This thesis explores capital punishment from 1700-1934 in one English locality, Hull. A series of questions are addressed throughout this dissertation in order to understand the role of the criminal justice system in Hull. These are: to what extent was capital punishment utilised in Hull in this period; what views, if any, can be uncovered regarding capital punishment in this locality; and, how does local experience fit into reforms in the criminal justice system in this period. This in-depth study will also consider contributions that one locality gives to current debates of the Bloody Code in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries, and also the relatively unexplored perception of capital punishment behind prison walls during the twentieth-century. By focussing new research around these questions, this study demonstrates how the criminal justice system operated in Hull, making great use of the Quarter Sessions and newspapers to suggest Hull’s autonomy as a judicial centre in the eighteenth-century, and how it conformed to national reforms in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries as the power of the central state expanded over peripheral settlements.


Harrison, T. P. (2019). Capital punishment, 1700-1934 : a case study of Hull. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Apr 25, 2023
Publicly Available Date Apr 25, 2023
Keywords History
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Additional Information Department of History, The University of Hull
Award Date 2019-09


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© 2019 Toby Paul Harrison. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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