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By Nell Darby

"Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths within the Cotswolds explores the darkish historical past of this famously picturesque area of britain. at the back of the picture-postcard idyll, daily life during this mostly rural quarter observed murders, beatings, jealousy and alcohol-fuelled crimes. Nell Darby's ebook examines a variety of those surprising occasions in vibrant aspect. Drawing on modern resources, newspapers and felony files, she provides a desirable perception into existence and dying within the unusually turbulent earlier of the Cotswolds. The circumstances she reconstructs come from everywhere in the sector - the cities, the villages, the geographical region. They convey how Cotswold humans conducted violent crimes despite their situation and upbringing - from unemployed farmers' sons to knowledgeable surgeons, darkish deeds have been devoted through contributors from all walks of existence. in addition they display the legal effects of greed, insanity, malice, carelessness and drink. girls have been concerned nearly as usually as males, as sufferers and as...

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He said the combination of hard work, lack of food, and the cold cells were the main reason for his illness. He described being on the treadmill with only four other people, and therefore having to work pretty much all day. With the lack of food to sustain them, he said the work was enough to kill a horse. Eventually unable to work at all, Charles complained to the doctor, who ordered half a pound of mutton for him to eat – but he couldn’t eat any of it, as it was so bad. After that, he said, he was given no extra or different food.

The press and public were particularly incensed about the fact that labourers struggling to make a living and maintain their families were put into the prison system in the first place. It was felt that if a man was doing his best to find work and thus keep his family out of the workhouse, he should not be punished by being sent to prison, where, of course, he could not provide for his family at all. The ruin to his health under the prison regime could also mean that some would not be able to work on leaving prison, either.

As a result, he developed shivering colds that got worse and worse. By the end of his imprisonment, he was barely able to work. Even the dreaded workhouse seems to have been preferable to prison in some respects, despite its bad reputation. John Newton told the inquiry that the food in Northleach House of Correction was so poor that it was inferior to the workhouse meals. The final man was labourer John Cooke, a poor young man who had been found guilty of stealing from an orchard, and sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment.

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