Crime - and the treatment of offenders by society - played a significant part in local life, and Herefordshire was no exception. This section investigates the kinds of crimes committed in the county over the centuries, the punishments meted out to the criminals, and the role of prison in the justice system.
An article on crime and punishment in the county during the Tudor and Stuart periods looks at the methods of punishment favoured then, the various forms of crimes committed (including those particularly associated with women), crime prevention versus punishment of crime, and crimes connected with religion.
Other pages examine crime and punishment in the 18th and 19th centuries, including changing attitudes towards punishment and the increasingly important role played by prisons. There is also information on the individual prisons built in Herefordshire at this time.