Crime in Bridgnorth, 1835 style

Bob Kiernan, one of our sterling volunteers at Shropshire Archives, recently came upon an ‘account for subsistence for prisoners in the goal (sic) for Bridgnorth’. Bob advises that:
“This fragile document lists all the inmates of Bridgnorth gaol between 22nd February and 16th June 1835. It gives details of the term of imprisonment (between 2 and 4 days, which seems very short) and their crimes which are:
*Absconding from an apprenticeship – 1 person
*Poaching – 3 persons
*Embezzling his master’s property – 1 person
*Injuring his master’s property – 1 person
*Groping in a brook (1 person) – was he perhaps ‘tickling’ for trout?
*Felony (2 persons)
*Fishing (1 person)

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