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The Liverpool Underworld: Crime in the City, 1750-1900

Michael Macilwee


In the nineteenth century Liverpool gained an unenviable reputation as the most crime–ridden place in the country. Dock theft, alcohol–related crime, prostitution, sectarian violence, a high level of female offending and armies of juvenile thieves made Liverpool a distinct criminal landscape, ‘the black spot on the Mersey’. Using contemporary newspapers and journals (both local and national), autobiographies and first–hand accounts gleaned from parliamentary and prison reports, the author explores the social background, conditions and events that helped create and sustain the variety and high ... More

Keywords: Liverpool, dock theft, alcohol–related crime, prostitution, sectarian violence, female offending, juvenile thieves, criminality, Victorian social problems, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317064


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Macilwee, author