A notorious Shrewsbury landlord is summoned to court for trouble at what is now The Salopian Bar – but turns out he can’t remember which bit of bad behaviour they want him for: “William Gittins was summoned for being drunk on licensed premises, at the Globe Inn, Smithfield Road. Defendant said that the charge was quite… Read More 1884: “DRUNK IN HIS OWN HOUSE”
A farmer flush with cash looks for a cheap thrill but he proves a soft target for the experienced woman of Shrewsbury’s red light district. Sarah Ann Burgess, Ellen Littlehales, and Margaret Griffiths, prostitutes, were brought in custody charged with having stolen £l7, the monies of Edward Bevan, grazier, Pentre, near Nescliff. When the case… Read More 1884: A Farmer Robbed in a Shrewsbury Brothel
An “Angel of Merseyside” saves thousands of girls from falling into the clutches of underworld pimps and crooks. The teenage girl with the brown paper parcel and the first-time-away-from-home look stepped from the steamers gangway. She said to a waiting woman: “Is this London?” The women, homely Mrs. Beatrice Blyth replied: “No dear, it’s LIVERPOOL”.… Read More 1958: Liverpool Housewives Lead The Fight Against Vice!
An Italian man is targeted by Valentine’s day pranksters in Edinburg as reported in the Edinburgh Evening News. St Valentine’s Day jokes have not yet wholly gone out of fashion, a young man in Edinburgh learned to his cost yesterday. The victim was a foreigner, an Italian in appearance, and as a matter of fact… Read More 1893: Valentine’s Day Prank