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Talk Exposes Huddersfield's Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies

Posted on 3 April 2017 by David Wyles

One of Huddersfield’s foremost historians who will outline the story behind the development of policing in Huddersfield and the Huddersfield district in the mid nineteenth century at an illustrated talk at Huddersfield Town Hall Reception Room at 19.30 on Tuesday 4 April.

Professor David Taylor will reveal Huddersfield’s criminal underworld with villains such as ‘Slasher’ Wilson and John Sutcliffe, the ‘King of Castlegate’; the ferocious anti-police riot in Honley in 1862 and the equally controversial peccadilloes of local policemen. He will also describe the most notorious street of old Huddersfield with its beerhouse-brothels, known for prostitution and the associated practice of trafficking young women, resulting in the town gaining a reputation as ‘the brothel of the West Riding’.

The stories David will reveal are real eye openers, and give a tangible taste of life for policemen, criminals and everyday families over 150 years ago.

Moreover, the overarching theme of the book – policing by consent, its meaning and extent – is very pertinent to an age which has been experiencing for several years a crisis in policing.

David is a social and political historian working in the fields of nineteenth and twentieth century history. He specialises in the history of crime and policing and has published widely on the subject.

David’s book on the subject, which will be available on the night, and is published by the University of Huddersfield Press, has enabled him to research a region, which in economic and political terms was central to some of the most important developments in the nineteenth century, and yet in terms of policing has been largely overlooked by historians.

We hope you will be able to attend this fascinating presentation. There is no charge for members but a charge of £3.00 will be made for guests. Membership (£10/year) will be available beforehand on the evening, allowing free entry.