Coppers and Prostitutes – 1960s Style | John F. Wake

In Cardiff in the 1960s, the police at Bute Street (Tiger Bay) station were part of the social fabric of the area. Everyone knew everyone else. The system seemed to work. There were some hiccups, but, in general it worked well. Take for example the ‘girls’ who worked the top of Bute Street around the […]

Punishment Fit for the ‘Crime’ of Being Poor? | Workhouse Q&A with Ray Noyes

There were two types of punishment in use in workhouses, often used just for the (non-) crime of being poor. These are explicit and implicit punishments. The explicit punishments were openly cruel, such as the denial of food and use of cold water plunge baths. These techniques were lifted directly from prisons. More subtle, hidden […]