Children and Punishment

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Children and Punishment

Nominal register of those admitted to Reading Gaol

Date: 1891 | Reference: P/RP1/1/2

At the bottom of this page are the names of three juveniles admitted to the gaol in 1891: Thomas Boddington and James lavender, both aged 12, and Thomas Gardiner, aged 15. They had all been sentenced to a short period of hard labour for stealing a quantity of zinc piping in Slough; Boddington and Lavender were additionally to spend the next four years of their lives in a secure reformatory school.

Like these three, most children admitted to the gaol were already of employment age; it was rare for a child under 12 to be admitted.

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