Crime and Punishment in Herne Hill, 1750 - 1900

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Cost: Free Neighbourhood: Lambeth wide Categories:
  • Children and parents
  • Heritage festival

Was the nine-year-old John Ruskin aware of the dreadful murder of a servant in the house opposite his family’s home on Herne Hill? This is just one of the many stories uncovered by research into the murkier history of Herne Hill and its neighbourhood.

The talk starts at a time when there were more than 150 “capital” crimes – crimes where the death penalty could be imposed. It ends with the theft of billiard balls from a house on Denmark Hill and the very first use in evidence of fingerprints in an English courtroom.

The talk will be presented by Laurence Marsh and Rebecca Tee from the Herne Hill Society.

This Herne Hill Society event is hosted by Lambeth Archives - online event