In the early twentienth century, the domestic lives of police constables and their families in Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool followed common working-class patterns. These patterns were also evident in marriage and in interactions with neighbours. Husbands were expected to hand over their wages to their wives, while wives were expected to run the household. There were records of numerous incidental details of private life and reports into marital problems such as domestic abuse, adultery, and separation. Extramarital affairs arose when, for example, married men pretended to be single in order to court unmarried women.
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