Local Criminals


The following details come from two on-line resources:

1.         Bedfordshire & Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) database of entries from local gaol registers etc. It covers 1801 - 1879, with some gaps. Their aim is to eventually add all the surviving County Gaol and House of Correction registers held for 1801 - 1901. [Listed below as from “B”.]

http://apps.bedfordshire.gov.uk/grd/search.aspx 

2.         Buckinghamshire Victorian prisoners entering the County Gaol in Aylesbury in the 1870s.  [Listed below as from “C”.]

http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/centre-for-buckinghamshire-studies/online-resources/victorian-prisoners/

...and I thank them, their staff and their volunteers for making such interesting information available and searchable. Researchers are directed to the links above to see if there are further details about the prisoners or cases involved.  I have located further details about a few of these cases in local newspapers, this information is given in [brackets].


I have extracted all details I can find for prisoners who were born or resided, or the offence was committed in Woburn Sands, Wavendon or Aspley Guise. I have included the various spellings of “Hogsty End”, (the previous name of Woburn Sands), “Wandon” (the earlier name for Wavendon) etc, and prisoners who just used “Aspley” as either their birth place or residence.  I have not included prisoners where “Woburn” alone was used for birth place, residence or location of offence.  The only exception to this is the incorrigible Mr. Alfred Hirdle (you will see why……!)

I have sorted the list by surname rather than date, as MS Excel has problems with dates prior to 1930.

Please note: The fact that a person was committed to goal for a crime is not necessarily an indication of guilt or eventual conviction!  Further research should be done on these cases before using the data in your family history etc.

N.B. Most of the prisoners listed from the BEDS database are also listed on another website, Victorian Crime and Punishment, which details Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Huntingdonshire prison records from 1817 - 1898.  This site also describes the Victorian prison system, and is an ideal learning resource for teachers. See http://vcp.e2bn.org/


Forename Surname
Age
Date Offence Sentence Trial  Description Birth Town  Residence From
James Abbott
19
28/09/1824 Misbehaviour as an Apprentice 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 3 inches
Hair colour: Light
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Trade or occupation: Shoemaker
Occupation category: Hand and Treadmill
Marriage status: Single
Wavendon Marston B
Arthur Askew
21
08/09/1843 Game Laws 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the nose
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Single
Wavendon Wavendon B
George Ayres
18
24/05/1878 Assault

[Abetted in the assault on William Boxford by Jospeh Page in Aspley Wood]

14 days hard labour or 26/6
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Occupation: Baker
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: E
Woburn Sands None given B
Thomas Ayres
35
05/02/1874 Stealing a pipe and case

Northants Mercury, 7 Feb 1874 - Goods valued at 2s 6d, belonging to George Scott of The Chequers, Fenny Stratford]

21 days  
Occupation: Bricklayer
Previous convictions: one
Wootton Woburn Sands C
Thomas Ayres, theft of pipe and case, 1874.

Thomas Ayres, theft of pipe and case, 1874. [Image courtesy of Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies]

Elizabeth Barratt
28
17/05/1856 Manslaughter 4 Years Penal Servitude Summer Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 ¼ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Trade or occupation: Lacemaker
Education: Read
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Husborne Crawley B
Samuel Barrett
23
06/11/1822 Stealing Fowls  1 Month Hard Labour and fined 1 shilling 
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Complexion: Fresh
None given Aspley Guise B
Samuel Barrett
65
02/04/1856 Killing and slaying one Ellen Barratt at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 30th day of March 1856

[Parents Samuel and Susannah, (and their eldest daughter Elizabeth) were convicted of starving and beating their youngest daughter to death, after forcing her and her other sisters to work all day and half the night at lacemaking, without food.]

12 Calendar Months Hard Labour Assizes Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Grey
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Long
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Cut mark under left eyebrow & under chin, hair thin on top of head, scars on right knee & leg
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 11
North Crawley Aspley Guise B
Susannah Barrett
64
02/04/1856 Killing and slaying one Ellen Barratt at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 30th day of March 1856 4 Years Penal Servitude Assizes Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches
Hair colour: Grey
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 11
Warrington Aspley Guise B
Thomas Billington
18/05/1816 Debtor

Occupation: Higler None given Aspley Guise B
William Billington
30
02/04/1880 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 20/6
Height: 5 ft 6¼ inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: E
Aspley Guise None given B
John Bowler
32
14/10/1852 On 13th October 1852 at Aspley Guise stealing 2 planks the property of William Handscomb of the value of 5 shillings  None entered
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Round
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Small scar over left eyebrow, scar on forefinger left hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 3
Pavenham Wavendon B
John Bowler
41
16/04/1868 Debt: £1 0s 9d 14 days
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying Features: Proportionate
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marital Status: Married
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
John Bowler
45
07/07/1870 Debt: £1 10s 8d 10 days
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying Features: Proportionate
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marital Status: Married
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
James Brown
36
21/11/1846  Idle and Disorderly person 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Blue
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the forefinger of the left hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Brown
28
04/03/1853 Night poaching 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour and find Sureties for one year or be imprisoned Hard Labour 6 Months more  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Light
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Square
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Scar on first finger of left hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Emily Butcher
14
25/01/1845 Stealing cotton print 2 Calendar Months Lent Assizes 1845 Height: 4 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks:
Education: Read
Wandon End  Woburn Sands B
Joseph Butcher
21
06/01/1854 On the 6th December 1853 at Aspley Guise stealing six bushels of Potatoes the property of Benjamin Dalton 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour  Assizes Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Ruddy
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Woburn Sands B
Joseph Butcher
21
11/11/1853 Stealing Potatoes 21 Days Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Ruddy
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Write
Marriage status: Single
Religion: Church of England
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Joseph Butcher
29
12/11/1859 Not given Not given
Occupation: Agricultural Labourer
Notes: "A very Bad Character"
Aspley Guise Woburn Sands C
Thomas Butcher
23
18/10/1850 On 9th October 1850 at Aspley Guise stealing one live tame Rabbit the goods of William Waterman 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: One small scar on the forehead
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
George Chance
25
27/03/1846 Night Poaching 21 Days Hard Labour and find Sureties 
Height: 5 ft 6 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Dark brown
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the right thumb
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: Unknown
Wavendon Wavendon B
Charles Clarke
31
07/10/1853 On 5th October 1853 at Aspley Guise assaulting a Police Constable in the execution of his duty 21 Days Hard Labour or pay 2 pounds 6 shillings and sixpence  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Round
Complexion: Ruddy
Trade or occupation: Sawyer
Education: Read Imperfectly
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 3
Woburn Sands Brickhill, Bucks B
Charles Clarke
32
29/01/1855 Neglect of Family 6 Weeks Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Fish tattooed on right arm CC on left
Trade or occupation: Sawyer
Education: Read Imperfectly
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 4
Woburn Sands Woburn Sands B
Ebenezer Clarke
37
18/11/1845 Stealing a Potatoe fork

Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Dark
Identifying marks: Lost top left thumb
Education: Read and Write
Newport Aspley Guise B
Catherine Collier
22
18/09/1823 Lewdness 1 Whole Year Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 0 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Long nose
Trade or occupation: Lacemaker
Occupation category: Washing
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Steppingley B
George Cook
15
29/12/1852 On the 5th November 1852 at Aspley Guise unlawfully and maliciously breaking an iron fence the property of the Churchwarden of the Parish 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or pay 2 pound 3 shillings Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 2 ½ inches
Hair colour: Rather light
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Long
Complexion: ruddy
Identifying marks: Mole on right cheek and another just under nose
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Wavendon Aspley Guise B
John Cook
32
04/03/1854 On the 3rd March 1854 at Husborne Crawley unlawfully killed a Hare 6 Weeks Hard Labour or pay fine and costs 3 pound 9 shillings and sixpence  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 3 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Ruddy
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 4
Husborne Crawley Aspley Guise B
Thomas Cook
19
18/05/1852 On 17th May 1852 at Aspley Guise by false pretences obtaining from Charlotte the wife of James Burton 12 quarts of beer value 4 shillings 1 Year Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 6 inches
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Thin
Complexion: Brown
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read
Marriage status: Single
Ridgmont Ridgmont B
John Cooper
62
16/07/1880 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 18/-
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: E
Aspley None given B
Thomas Cooper
30
01/12/1821 Felony For further examination. Fully committed for trial by G.Cardale 02/12/1821 Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: pale
None given Aspley Guise B
Thomas Cooper
35
06/01/1829 Stealing Hay

Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: pale
None given Aspley Guise B
Robert Crick
37
19/07/1847 Rogue and Vagabond 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Blue
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the left side of the face
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Married
Brackley Aspley Guise B
Daniel Crute
18
04/04/1848 Larceny 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 2 inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Eye colour: Blue
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout, blue mark form of a man but faintly seen
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Daniel Crute
18
18/03/1848 Stealing oranges 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 2 inches
Hair colour: Sandy
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Blue mark right arm
Education: Read and Write
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Edward Crute
21
18/09/1827 Damaging fruit trees 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 3 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Complexion: Dark
None given Aspley Guise B
Edward Crute
24
29/12/1829 Maliciously destroying a clothes line 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 3 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Complexion: Dark
None given Aspley Guise B
Edward Crute
30
06/05/1834 Cutting and Maiming

[Injuring a horse, property of William Bird]

Transportation for Life - Removed to the Justitia Hulk, Woolwich Midsummer 1834 Height: 5 ft 3½ inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying Features: Has lost one leg
None given Aspley Guise B
John Crute
40
21/09/1825 Misbehaviour in Service 7 Days
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Occupation: Labourer
Marital Status: Married
Prison Work: Handmill
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Robert Crute
20
08/11/1852 On 19th Sep.1852 at Aspley Guise assaulting and beating Thomas Snoxall 14 Days imprsonment Gaol or pay 1 pound 8 shillings and sixpence  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches
Hair colour: Sandy
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fair
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Robert Crute
45
05/12/1879 Stealing a fork

[He thought Nathanial Cartwright's house was empty and the fork abandoned.  Sold it to Mr Rich, coal merchant. Mrs Cartwright called police. Said he would not have taken it if he knew.]

1 calendar month hard labour
Height: 5 ft 5½ inches
Hair Colour: Light
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Read
Form of Religion: E
Aspley None given B
William Crute
24
18/02/1819 Vagrant 21 Days Hard Labour
Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Sandy
Complexion: Fresh
None given Aspley Guise B
William Daniel
13
15/04/1853 On the 5th Nov.1852 at the Parish of Aspley Guise breaking and damaging a certain fence to the amount of 5 shillings the property of the Church Wardens of the Parish of Aspley Guise 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or pay 2 pounds 3 shillings Summarily Convicted Height: 4 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Dark Hazel
Visage: Round
Complexion: Ruddy
Identifying marks: Small red mark on lower lip Trade or occupation: Goes with his father in brick laying
Education: Read and Write
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
George Daniels
19
25/06/1850 On 28th April 1850 at Holcot assaulting and beating Thomas Atkinson 7 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 1 shilling and sixpence fine 20 shillings and sixpence costs  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 6 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: One small mole on the neck and small scar on the side of face
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Thomas Daniels
18
15/02/1822 Felony
Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Complexion: Dark
None given Aspley Guise B
William Daniels
15
03/12/1855 Stealing one live cock fowl the property of Frederick Shetlock value 3 shillings 6 Weeks Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 1 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Ruddy
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Daniels
15
15/02/1856 Did on the 5th day of February 1856 assault at the Parish of Aspley Guise assault one Hannah Smith 21 Days Gaol or pay 1 pound 7 shillinhgs and a penny Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 1 ½ inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Cut mark and wart over right eyebrow, mole right side of neck, burn marks back of neck, mole on chin, several moles on left cheek, lame right hip having been dislocated
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Daniels
19
15/02/1822 Felony
Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 3 ½ inches
Hair colour: Dark
Complexion: Dark
None given Aspley Guise B
William Daniels
65
09/08/1867 Debt - £7 3s 2d 14 days
Height: 5 ft 3 inches
Hair Colour: Grissled
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Jaundiced
Identifying Features: Proportionate
Occupation: Bricklayer
Education: Read
Marital Status: Married
Aspley Aspley Guise B
Thomas Devereax
36
05/06/1858 Debt - £2 4s 6d 14 days Gaol
Height: 5 ft 1 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Eye Colour: Hazel
Complexion: Pale
Identifying Features: Slight Built
Occupation: Shoemaker
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Married
Woburn Woburn Sands B
Thomas Devereax
37
03/09/1858 Debt - £4 18s 6d 20 days Gaol
Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair Colour: Grey
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Sallow
Occupation: Shoemaker
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Married
Woburn Woburn Sands B
Alfred Devereux
22
14/12/1883 Game Laws 14 days hard labour or 22/6d
Height: 5 ft 5¼ inches
Hair Colour: Sandy
Occupation: Labourer
Education: None
Form of Religion: Primitive Methodist
Woburn Sands None given B
George Dolton
17
14/07/1854 Feloniously ravishing and carnally knowing one Ann Brazier against her will on the 6th of May 1854 at Toddington None entered Summer Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Woburn Sands Woburn Sands B
William Dolton
20
01/11/1873 Stealing Money 2 months
Occupation: Groom
Woburn Sands Akeley C
William Dolton, convicted of theft, 1873,

William Dolton, convicted of theft, 1873. [Image courtesy of Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies]

Kisby Draper
24
07/03/1859 Not given Not given
Notes: Looks like a gypsy. Alien to good feelings
Occupation: Horse Dealer
Aspley   Little Brickhill C
Joseph Eaton
25
25/10/1844 Game Laws 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour
Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the left hand Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Single
Wavendon Wavendon B
Thomas Emerton
22/04/1851 Debt: £29 10s 0d

Occupation: Rope Maker None given Aspley Guise B
William Emerton
23
08/12/1820 Deserter from the 48th Regiment of Foot 

Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fair
None given Aspley Guise B
William Emerton
28
25/02/1825 Rogue and Vagabond 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Scar on the left side of the neck
Trade or occupation: Bricklayer
Occupation category: White washing
Marriage status: Married
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Henry Emmerton
18
21/01/1822 Stealing 10 pounds
Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fair
None given Aspley Guise B
William Emmerton
39
12/06/1816 Bastardy Sentence: 3 Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fresh
None given Aspley B
William Emmerton
53
13/12/1827 Obtaining goods under false pretences  4 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fresh
None given Aspley Guise B
William Fawkner
18
30/01/1819 Game Laws 3 Months
Height: 5 ft 3 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fresh
None given Aspley Guise B
Jesse Fossey
28
21/01/1851 On 30th Jan.1851 at Aspley Guise unlawfully assaulting and beating Elizabeth Noble  6 Weeks imprisonment Gaol or pay 20 shilling fine 27 shillings costs  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 6 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Scar on the top of left cheek Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write
Marriage status: Single
Husborne Crawley Husborne Crawley B
Joseph Foxley
23
09/09/1842 Stealing Money from a Dwelling House 1 Year Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 11 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Dark
Identifying marks: Cut on left hand, long fingers
Education: Read and Write
Crawley Aspley Guise B
John Freeman
22
09/05/1840 Sheep stealing

[Northampton Mercury, 16 May 1840 - Killed a sheep belonging to Harry Richard Checkley at Ridgemont. Took the skin and sold it to someone at Woburn Market for 5s.]

10 Years Transportation 
Height: 5 ft 8 ¾ inches
Hair colour: Light
Eye colour: Light hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Very quick looking
Education: Neither
Luton Aspley Guise B
William Garratt
35
26/02/1846 Assault 21 Days or pay 19/-
Height: 5 ft 6 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Broad face
Education: Neither
Aspley Guise Kempston B
William Garrett
41
12/11/1850 On 14th December last at Kempston stealing one live Turkey value 7 shillings the goods of Thomas Mitchell  3 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Blue
Visage: RoundComplexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Several marks in coals on the left arm
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Northampton B
Henry Going
21
23/03/1872 Stealing a cap 1 month
Occupation: Wheelwright
Father: William Miller
Woburn Sands Northampton C

Henry Going, stole a cap, 1872. [Image courtesy of Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies]

William Goodal 
21
13/10/1826 Want of Sureties  2 Calendar Months 
Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Complexion: Dark
None given Aspley Guise B
James Goodale
27/06/1844 [Debtors Cells]

Occupation: Bricklayer   None given Aspley Guise B
George Goodall
28
03/05/1850 On 28th April 1850 at Holcott assaulting and beating James Terry 21 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 20 shillings fine 25 shillings costs  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Eye colour: Blue Visage: Round
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Impediment in his speech talks very thick
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 1
Wavendon Holcot, Northants B
George Goodall
35
16/08/1877 Debt - £38 3s 6d 21 days
Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying Features: Proportionate
Occupation: Timber Dealer
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Married
Aspley Guise Woburn Sands B
Thomas Goodall
30
25/10/1844 Game Laws 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Blue
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the left little finger
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Married
Wavendon Wavendon B
William Goodall
21
18/10/1826 Assault 12 Months Hard Labour
Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Marks of being burnt over the back and sides
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Handmill
Marriage status: Married
Not able to say Hogsty End B
John Goss
37
13/08/1856 Stealing an Alpacca coat and vest value 2 shillings the property of George White of Wavenden at Aspley Guise on the 2nd August 1856. Stealing a jacket the property of J.Buck value 2 shillings at Battlesden 8th Aug.1856 21 Days Hard Labour and 21 Days further  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Lost one upper front tooth, many moles on both arms, a large mole 8 inches below left breast, proportionate
Trade or occupation: Baker
Education: Well
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 1
St Ives Woburn B
William Hartwell
21
02/04/1880 Assault 7 days hard labour
Height: 5 feet 4½ inches
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Form of Religion: E
Aspley None given B
William Haynes
23
11/12/1818 Suspicion of a Felony 6 Months Hard Labour and Publicly Whipped 
Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Complexion: Fair
Not entered Wavendon B
John Henman
28
21/09/1819 Leaving his Family chargeable  14 Days 
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fresh
None given Aspley Guise B
John Henman
28
21/09/1826 Killing a Cow
Lent Assizes 1827 Height: 5 ft 4 ½ inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Complexion: Dark
None given Aspley Guise B
John Henman
46
15/04/1841 Assault 6 Weeks or pay 39 shillings and sixpence 
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Brown
Identifying marks: Large hands
Education: Neither
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Alfred Hirdle
17
27/08/1868 Drunkenness 21 Days Gaol or 21/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 0 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
18
27/01/1870 Attempting to upset a train Acquitted Previous Convictions: 1 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
19
05/11/1870 Want of Sureties 3 Calendar Months Gaol Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 2 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
19
03/04/1871 Want of Sureties 3 Calendar Months Gaol Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 3 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
20
16/11/1871 Want of Sureties 3 Calendar Months Gaol Summarily Convicted Previous Convictions: 4 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
21
16/09/1872 Want of Sureties 6 Calendar Months Gaol Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 5 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
22
29/11/1873 Drunkenness 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour, or 34/- Summarily Convicted Previous Convictions: 6 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
23
05/12/1874 Arson Acquitted Previous Convictions: 8 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
24
25/08/1875 Drunk & Riotous (2 charges) 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or 43/6. 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 9 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
24
28/12/1875 Drunkenness 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 66/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 10 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
24
16/06/1876 Drunkenness 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or 40/- Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 12 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
24
10/05/1875 Drunkenness (Borough) 7 Days Hard Labour or 11/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 9 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
25
23/10/1876 Drunkenness 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 54/8 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 13 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
25
02/02/1877 Drunkenness 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 55/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 14 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
25
16/04/1877 Drunkenness 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour, or 46/6 Summarily convicted Previous Convictions: 15 None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
26
11/10/1877 Drunk & Riotous 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 55/6 Summarily convicted
None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
26
10/12/1877 Drunkenness (Borough) 7 Days Hard Labour or 11/6 Summarily convicted
None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
26
11/04/1878 Disorderly person 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour or 56/6 Summarily convicted
None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
26
05/07/1878 Drunkenness. Wilful Damage 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour or £5.17.6.
1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or 23/6
Summarily convicted
None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
27
06/12/1878 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 25/6
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: Church of England
Previous Convictions: 20
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
27
07/12/1878 Drunkenness & Assaulting P.C. 14 Days Hard Labour or 20/11. 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Summarily convicted
None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
28
16/06/1879 Drunkenness 1 calendar month hard labour or 26/6
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: Wesleyan
Previous Convictions: 21
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
28
05/12/1879 Drunkenness 6 weeks hard labour or £3.14.6. 14 days hard labour or 20/6
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: Wesleyan
Previous Convictions: 22
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
28
02/04/1880 Drunkenness 2 calendar months hard labour or £5 19s 6d
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: Wesleyan
Previous Convictions: 23
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
29
24/09/1880 Drunkenness 2 calendar months hard labour or £5.18.0
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: E
Previous Convictions: 29
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
29
11/02/1881 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 21/6
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: E
Previous Convictions: 30
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
29
22/04/1881 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour or 21/6
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Previous Convictions: 31
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
29
30/07/1880 Drunkenness 1 calendar month hard labour or 25/6

None given None given B
Alfred Hirdle
30
21/10/1881 Assaulting P.C. & Drunkenness 2 calendar months hard labour. 14 days hard labour or 22/6
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: E
Previous Convictions: 32
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
30
02/06/1882 Want of Sureties 6 calendar months Gaol
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: E
Previous Convictions: 33
Aspley Guise None given B
Alfred Hirdle
31
03/04/1883 Wounding

[See note at end of page...]

5 years penal servitude - Removed to Pentonville [See footnote]
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Hair Colour: Dark
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: Church of England
Previous Convictions: 34
Aspley Guise None given B
John Hudson
29
06/07/1826 Larceny 1 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Mole corner right eye
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Treadmill
Marriage status: Married
Aspley Guise Cranfield B
James Hutton
29
04/05/1843 Assault 2 Months or pay 2 pounds and 1 pound 2 shillings 
Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches
Hair colour: Light
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: FairI
Education: Neither
Crawley Aspley Guise B
John Ireland
48
29/08/1859 Debt - £8 14s 10d 30 days Gaol
Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair Colour: Grissled
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying Features: Scar on tip of nose. Bow legged
Occupation: Publican
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Married
Woburn Sands Luton B
Robert Jefferies
20
26/06/1852 On 25th June 1852 at Aspley Guise stealing one worsted plain gown, one pair of worsted tweed trousers and one woollen and tweed coat the property of Soloman Hedges Not entered
Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Flat
Complexion: Brown
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write
Marriage status: Single
Cork Cork B
William Jenkins
26
04/04/1848 Larceny 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 4 ¼ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Pale
Identifying marks: Slender, scar on the forefinger of the left hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: Unknown
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Jennings
27
28/12/1871 Shooting at, with intent

[at P.C. Jesse Stonell, at Wavendon, on Christmas Day]

15 months
Occupation: Labourer
Woughton Wavendon C

William Jennings, on the left, when convicted in 1871 of "Shooting at, with intent" and on the right, two years later when he lived in Woughton, and was convicted of stealing Fowls. [Images courtesy of Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies]

Hannah Johnson
38
07/11/1817 Bastardy 1 Year 
Height: 5 ft 3 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fresh
None given Aspley Guise B
George Keens
18
05/01/1847 Larceny 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 9 ½ inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Slender, scar on the lower knuckle of the forefinger of the left hand, mark on the third finger of the right hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Luton B
John Keens
48
11/11/1812 Stealing Cleft Wood 1 Week and fined 1 Shilling  Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fair 
None given Aspley Guise B
John Kendrick
32
07/10/1831 Assault

Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Complexion: Fresh
None given Aspley Guise B
George Kidrope
32
01/02/1850 On 29th Jan.1850 at Aspley Guise assaulting Caroline Woodin 14 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 10 shillings fine 11 shillings and sixpence costs  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 4 ¼ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Dark
Identifying marks: Anchor and cable also a woman in full statue and a cross marked in India ink on the left arm
Trade or occupation: Engine fitter
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Married
Rasterick Aspley Guise B
Samuel Kingstone
12/04/1833 [Debtors Cells]

Occupation: Butcher None given Aspley Guise B
Robert Leonard
21
25/10/1844 Game Laws 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the left thumb and on his head
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Married
Wavendon Wavendon B
John Markham
35
19/02/1824 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Calendar Months 
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Marked with the small pox Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Wardsman
Marriage status: Married
Wavendon Kempston B
William Marriott
46
01/07/1852 On 29th May 1852 at Woburn stealing 1 pound 1 shilling and 7 pence of the moneys of William Jenkins  3 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Light
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Long
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Little finger on right hand crooked, scar on lower knuckle forefinger right hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 5
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Henry Marshall
22
22/07/1842 Stealing a Fork 6 Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 4 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Broken nose
Education: Read
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Marshall
22
18/10/1842 Larceny 6 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Stout, scars on both hands Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Married
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
James Meakins
45
14/02/1845 Stealing Wood 14 Days Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1845 Height: 5 ft 10 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Bald Headed
Education: Read and Write
Aspley Guise Leighton Buzzard B
James Meakins
55
24/12/1855 Neglect of Family 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 9 ½ inches
Hair colour: Has none
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Is a little deaf and has lost all his hair from the effects of fear
Trade or occupation: Shoemaker
Education: Read and Write
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 5
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Joseph Millard
23
02/12/1836 Stealing Barley 4 Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 11 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Upper front teeth over each other
Education: Neither
None given Aspley Guise B
James Newman
51
23/02/1842 Stealing a Sheep Skin

[belonging to Theodore Lindsell, of Warden]

7 Years Transportation "Put on board the Warrior" Lent Assizes 1842 Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Aliases: James Pierce
Complexion: Fresh
Trade or occupation: Tramp
Education: Read
Wandon   None given B
Bernard Page
22
04/02/1825 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Months
Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: BG and AC on the right arm, lame on the left foot
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Handmill
Marriage status: Married
Husborne Crawley  Hogsty End B
Caroline Page
23
29/10/1851 Neglecting to maintain her two children whereby they have become chargeable to the Parish of Aspley Guise 21 Days Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 2 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Pale
Identifying marks: Mole on chest
Trade or occupation: Dressmaker
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Widow
Number of children: 2
London London B
Joseph Page
16
06/02/1842 Arson 1 Year Hard Labour  Lent Assizes 1842 Height: 4 ft 10 ½ inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Eye colour: Dark Hazel
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Well looking
Education: Neither
Woburn Sands Crawley B
John Paine
41
29/06/1847 Larceny 6 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Slender, scar on the left arm Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Married
Wyboston Aspley Guise B
James Pearce
30
17/10/1821 Larceny 1 Year Hard Labour fined 1 shilling and whipped
Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Two scars over the left eye
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Common Labourer
Earnings: 1 shilling per week
Marriage status: Single
Wavendon Brill B
Thomas Perry
27
25/02/1856 Stealing at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 23rd day of February 1856 one sack of the value of 1 shilling and sixpence the property of the estate of the late William Warr 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 8 ¼ inches
Hair colour: Auburn
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Pale
Identifying marks: A small red birth mark on right cheek near the corner of mouth, sandy whiskers under the chin, mole above right  elbow, both little fingers contracted, stout made
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Married
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Thomas Perry
50
30/03/1850 On 29th March 1850 at Aspley Guise stealing a piece of wood value 3 pence and also 1 iron pair of pincers and 3 iron and zinc holdfasts value 6 pence the property of W. F. How, gentleman  3 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: One small scar on the right side of the face and one tooth out in front Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 4
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William  Perry
27
19/09/1861 Debt: £2 0s 2d 25 days
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying Features: Proportionate
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Married
Aspley Guise Conduit Street, Bedford B
William  Perry
34
27/10/1869 Debt: 12s 9d 14 days
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Fair
Identifying Features: Proportionate
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Married
Aspley Guise Conduit Street, Bedford B
William  Perry
35
14/07/1870 Debt: £2 0s 9d 10 days
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying Features: Proportionate
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Married
Aspley Guise Conduit Street, Bedford B
William  Perry
38
10/01/1873 Debt: 15s 5d 7 days
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying Features: Proportionate
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Married
Aspley Guise Conduit Street, Bedford B
James Pierce
51
23/02/1842 Stealing a Sheep Skin 7 Years Transportation  Lent Assizes 1842 Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Aliases: James Newman
Complexion: Fresh
Trade or occupation: Tramp
Education: Read
Wandon   None given B
William Pilgrim
20
13/10/1820 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Months 
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Dark Hazel
Complexion: Dark
Identifying marks: Mole on the right side of the chin
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Common Labourer
Earnings: 1 shilling per week
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Pilgrim
22
14/01/1822 Felony

Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Complexion: Sallow
None given Aspley Guise B
William Pilgrim
29
21/02/1825 Burglary Death Recorded 18 Months Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1825 Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Complexion: Sallow
None given Aspley B
Thomas Plowman
32
29/12/1838 Examination 2nd January 1839

Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Light
Complexion: pale
Education: Read and Write
Wavendon London B
James Quarry
18
12/07/1850 On 2nd July 1850 at Aspley Guise stealing a steel watch guard chain of the goods and chattels of John Billingham value 1 shilling

[A “paltry-looking” guard chain. Found on the neck of a 13 year old girl, who said Quarry gave it to her!]

2 Calendar Months Hard Labour Summer Assizes Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches
Hair colour: Sandy
Eye colour: Blue
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: One small wart in the corner of the right eye and also freckled in the face
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
George Rich
20
31/05/1850 On 22nd May 1850 at Aspley Guise unlawfully assaulting William Clay 14 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 2 shillings and sixpence fine 21 shillings costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 6 inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: One long scar on the right shoulder
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
John Roberts
25
27/11/1862 Debt: £4 5s 10d 20 days
Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying Features: Proportionate Occupation: Shoemaker
Education: Neither
Marital Status: Married
Clapham, Beds Aspley Guise B
John Roberts
25
27/08/1863 Debt: £4 18s 1d 20 days
Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying Features: Proportionate Occupation: Shoemaker
Education: Neither
Marital Status: Married
Clapham, Beds Aspley Guise B
Lemual Robinson
18
06/01/1854 On the 6th December 1853 at Aspley Guise stealing six bushels of Potatoes the property of Benjamin Dalton 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour  Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Single
Religion: Church of England
Woburn   Woburn Sands B
Thomas Robinson
26
16/06/1823 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Months
Height: 5 ft 10 inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Sandy whiskers
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Wardsman
Marriage status: Married
Husborne Crawley Hogsty End B
Charlotte Rooker
24
02/01/1844 Larceny

[Stealing a quantity of linen, property of Thomas Smith of Luton]

6 Calendar Months Hard Labour
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout, three marks on the right shoulder
Trade or occupation: Lacemaker
Occupation category: Mending Prison linen Marriage status: Single
Woburn Sands Luton B
William Rooker
27
14/01/1839 Stealing Flour 1 Year Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1839 Height: 5 ft 10 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fair
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Wendon Aspley Guise B
Kitty Rutley
45
22/12/1840 Stealing Linen

Height: 5 ft 5 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Brown
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly 
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Scott
18
03/05/1850 On 28th April 1850 at Holcott assaulting and beating James Terry  21 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 20 shillings fine 25 shillings costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Blue
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: One tooth out in front has his shoulder bone broken, one small scar on the top lip and one on the end of the nose and the right hand has been smashed
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Wavendon Wavendon B
William Scott
23
03/11/1853 Assaulting a Police Officer 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or pay 2 pounds 8 shillings and sixpence  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Married
Religion: Church of England
Wavendon Wavendon B
Alfred Smith
17
05/01/1844 Game Laws 10 Weeks Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the back of the left hand and a mole also
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Catherine Smith
18
15/02/1856 Stealing at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 23rd day of December 1855 one common prayer book of the value of 3 shillings the property of Elizabeth Cole
Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 ½ inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Full
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Stout made
Trade or occupation: Plaiter
Education: Imperfect
Marriage status: Single
Ampthill Aspley Guise B
Eliza Smith
19
24/05/1842 Stealing a box and money 1 Month Hard Labour 
Height: 4 ft 10 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Light hazel
Complexion: pale
Education: Read
Aspley Guise Woburn B
Frederick Smith
21
14/12/1883 Game Laws 14 days hard labour or 22/6d
Height: 5 ft 1¾ inches
Hair Colour: Sandy
Occupation: Labourer
Education: None
Form of Religion: Church of England
Woburn Sands None given B
Hannah Smith
12
14/07/1854 Stealing gloves and money 6 Calendar Months Hard Labour Summer Assizes Height: 4 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Sallow
Trade or occupation: Plaiter
Education: Read Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Ampthill Woburn Sands B
Hannah Smith
15
15/02/1856 Stealing at the Parish of Aspley Guise on the 10th day of February 1856 one cotton purse and four pence worth of half pence of the value together of five pence the property of Elizabeth Garratt 12 Calendar Months Hard Labour Assizes Height: 5 ft 0 ¼ inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Round
Complexion: Fresh
Trade or occupation: Plaiter
Education: Read
Marriage status: Single
Ampthill Aspley Guise B
Jacob Smith
56
15/02/1856 Feloniously stealing one Hymn Book of the value of one shilling the property of Maria Bond of Aspley Guise also other books the property of persons at present unknown.  Stealing a horse rig property of George Gascoyne Woburn value 8 shillings.
Assizes Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Grey
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Bald headed, bridge of nose has been broken, burn mark outside left leg
Trade or occupation: Gardener
Education: Read
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 7
Maulden Aspley Guise B
Jesse Smith
17
27/09/1856 Stealing 3 shillings and 1 penny the property of William Holmes at Aspley Guise on the 11th September 1856 3 Calendar Months Hard Labour  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 2 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Scar back of right leg, proportionate
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Marriage status: Single
Wavendon Aspley Guise B
John Smith
19
27/03/1840 Assault  1 Calendar Month 
Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches
Hair colour: Light
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Well looking, quick smart fellow
Education: Neither 
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
John Smith
21
02/07/1844 Examination Stealing Money
Summer Assizes 1844 Height: 5 ft 9 ½ inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Scar on left cheek
Education: Neither
Aspley Guise None given B
John Smith
21
17/02/1843 Damaging a table 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 8 ½ inches
Hair colour: Light Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Stout, scar on the left side of his face
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
John Smith
22
03/01/1842 Stealing Linen

Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fair
Education: Neither
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Mary Smith
56
15/02/1856 Stealing at Aspley Guise on the 15th day of February 1856 one copper saucepan and one Russian glass of the value of 2 shillings and sixpence the property of James Burton
Assizes Height: 5 ft 4 ½ inches
Hair colour: Grey
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Pale
Identifying marks: Mole on right cheek, wart on right upper eyelid, cut mark on inside of thumb left hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 7
Old Warden Aspley Guise B
Robert Smith
25
24/11/1848 Assault 21 Days or pay 14 shillings 
Height: 5 ft 6 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Blue
Complexion: pale
Identifying marks: Scar on the forefinger of the left hand
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Maulden Aspley Guise B
Robert Smith
26
17/12/1850 On 14th Dec.1850 at Woburn assaulting and beating William Morris 14 Days imprisonment Gaol or pay 5 shilling fine 20 shillings and 3 pence costs Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Blue
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Pale
Identifying marks: Scar on the back of left hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Robert Smith
26
30/12/1850 On the 14th Dec.1850 at Woburn assaulting and beating John Quilby a police constable in the execution of his duty 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour or pay 20 shilling fine 20 shillings and 3 pence costs  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Blue
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Pale
Identifying marks: Scar on the back of the left hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Thomas Smith
35
14/08/1823 Refusing to obey an order in Bastardy 3 Months Hard Labour or pay 5 pounds 
Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Light Hazel
Complexion: Dark
Identifying marks: Large cut on the left hand
Trade or occupation: Shoemaker
Occupation category: Mill
Marriage status: Married
Milton Bryant Aspley Guise B
Thomas Smith
48
10/12/1841 Further examination for House Breaking Fully committed 17th Dec 1841 by Bucks Magistrate Court Aylesbury 
Height: 5 ft 2 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Ball on the crown
Education: Read
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
David Spreckley
52
11/01/1884 Drunkenness 14 days hard labour
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Hair Colour: Light Brown
Occupation: Butcher
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: Church of England
Wavendon None given B
William Stairs
19
15/09/1812 Misdemeanour in Apprenticeship 14 Days Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair colour: Black
Complexion: Dark 
None given Aspley Guise B
William Tansey
19
13/10/1820 Breach of the Game Laws 3 Months
Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches
Hair colour: Light
Eye colour: Light Hazel
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Scar on the forehead
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Common Labourer Earnings: 1 shilling per week
Marriage status: Single
Number of children: Unknown
Hogsty End Hogsty End B
Charles Tipple
40
30/09/1881 Game Laws 1 calendar month hard labour or 14/6
Height: 5 ft 7 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Form of Religion: Roman Catholic
Aspley Guise None given B
Charles Tipple
45
08/08/1884 Assault

[James Collins at Woburn Sands]

14 days hard labour
Height: 5 ft 7½ inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Occupation: Labourer
Education: None
Form of Religion: Roman Catholic
Aspley Guise None given B
Charles Toone
35
24/04/1845 Stealing Sundry Goods

Height: 5 ft 9 inches
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Dark
Identifying marks: Lost 2 upper front teeth Education: Read and Write
Aspley Ampthill B
John Townrow
63
11/11/1822 Receiving Stolen Property

Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Grey
Complexion: Florid
None given Aspley Guise B
John Travell
30/12/1775 [Debtors Cells]

Occupation: Maltster None given Aspley Guise B
Edward Turland
28
22/05/1871 Drunkeness 14 days
Occupation: Labourer Milton Woburn Sands C
Alfred Webb
19
17/11/1848 Game Laws 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Slender, scar on the little finger of the left hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Occupation category: Mill
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Webb
23
06/07/1852 On 4th July 1852 at Goldington openly exposing his person in a public highway with intent to insult Emma Clark 1 Calendar Month Hard Labour   Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Brown
Visage: Thin
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Large scar from a burn on lower part of right leg
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Woburn Sands Goldington B
William Webb
25
26/12/1854 Stealing 20 onions the property of George Gardiner at Goldington on the 20th August 1853  2 calender Months Hard Labour Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Complexion: Pale
Woburn Sands Goldington B
William Webb
26
28/05/1855 Stealing a Gun 9 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair colour: Dark
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Sallow
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Goldington B
Samuel Wesley
23
27/03/1856 Feloniously stealing an iron kettle of the value of 2 shillings the property of Robert Collett Sharfold of Woburn also stealing plate etc.  21 Days Hard Labour 1st offence acquitted 2nd offence  Summarily Convicted Height: 5 ft 7 ¼ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: Cut marks under left eye and on left cheek bone, upper front teeth apart from each other, scar on right knee
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Marriage status: Married
Number of children: 1
Wavendon Woburn   B
Henry Whitbread
19
03/12/1851 On 27th nov.1851 at Aspley Guise stealing one sovereign and one five pound note the property of C. H. Smith Esquire. A second charge of stealing shirts 7 Years Transportation 1st charge 1 Week Hard Labour 2nd charge 
Height: 5 ft 6 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Brown
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Fresh
Identifying marks: One scar on the left knee
Trade or occupation: Servant
Education: Read and Write Imperfectly
Marriage status: Single
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
James Whitbread
22
18/10/1850 On 9th October 1850 at Aspley Guise stealing one live tame Rabbit the goods of William Waterman 2 Calendar Months Hard Labour 
Height: 5 ft 9 ½ inches
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Hazel
Visage: Oval
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: One small mole on the back of the right hand
Trade or occupation: Labourer
Education: Neither
Marriage status: Married
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
William Wilson
26
04/02/1881 Game Laws 1 calendar month hard labour or 50/-
Height: 5 ft 6½ inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Occupation: Labourer
Education: Imperfect
Form of Religion: E
Previous Convictions: 7
Aspley Guise None given B
John Woodland
30
05/03/1842 Stealing Pots 2 Months Hard Labour Lent Assizes 1842 Height: 5 ft 4 ½ inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: Sallow
Identifying marks: Scar on the nose
Education: Read
Aspley Guise Woburn B
Marcia Woodland
19
21/06/1837 Assault 3 Calendar Months 
Height: 5 ft 0 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Eye colour: Grey
Complexion: Fair
Identifying marks: Well Looking
Education: Read Imperfectly
Husborne Crawley Aspley Guise B
William Woodland
60
25/04/1837 Assault 2 Calendar Months 
Height: 5 ft 4 inches
Hair colour: Grey
Eye colour: Hazel
Complexion: pale
Education: Neither
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B
Thomas Worster
17
27/08/1821 Stealing in a dwelling house Allowed Kings Evidence  Lent Assizes 1822 Height: 5 ft 5 inches
Hair colour: Brown
Complexion: Fair
None given Aspley B
Robert Wright
37
28/12/1858 Debt: £49 4s 0d

Height: 5 ft 8 inches
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Hazel
Complexion: Florid
Identifying Features: Proportionate. Moustache
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
Education: Read and Write
Marital Status: Widower
Aspley Guise Aspley Guise B

The Nothampton Mercury, of 24 August 1889, reports on "A Humerous drunkard". Alfred Hirdle had been found drunk near Woburn Town Hall at 11.30pm on the night of Woburn Flower show.  In Court, asked how old he was, he replied he wasn't an old man, he was 38, and if sent to prison this time he would have been inside 37 times. He said to the Bench, “What do you think of that all the way you go?” He told them they should see what a diffence a clean shave made to him. On being removed for a month, he said what an easy task it would be!

Luton Times and Bedfordshire Advertiser, November 2nd, 1900:
"
Death in Gaol
The death is announced of Alfred Hirdle one of the best known characters in the Woburn district. Hirdle has been convicted of drunkenness etc over 50 times, and when his death occurred he was undergoing a sentence in Bedford gaol. For many years poor Alfred was always anxious to spend his Christmas in gaol because of the special treat provided at that time. The police constables have lost the best customer, for when out of gaol he was invariably disorderly in one of the villages near his home and the Woburn justices will also miss his familiar face. The inquest was held at Bedford prison on Friday, Mr A. G. Western, Governor of the prison stated the deceased was admitted on August 30th from Ampthill, under sentence of 3 calendar months hard labour for wilful damage to the workhouse and for being drunk and disorderly. He died 12:50 a.m. on Thursday. The deceased was described as a labourer and was a married man, but had been living apart from his wife for a number of years.  He  (Mr western) had communicated with his wife and she visited him in company with the prisoner’s sister the day before he died. Hirdle was taken to the infirmary early on Sunday morning and from that time had not been left night or day. He had been taken with a fit and was conscious from that time until he died. Deceased was 49 years of age. When the prisoner came in he was apparently in good health and he made no complaints. Mr R. H. Kinsey, surgeon to H. M. Prison stated that he found the deceased in his bed breathing heavily and there were other signs of profound disturbance of the brain. A day and night nurse was procured for him and he was kept clean and dry and witness saw him twice a day until 8.30 on Wednesday evening when he was sinking. Dr Kinsey attributed death to the effusion of blood on the brain due to a rupture of an artery.  The body was fairly well nourished.  A man who had drunk much was apt to have arteries degenerated prematurely.  The Coroner remarked that there was no suspicion of any neglect on the part of the authorities, but he was bound to hold an inquest in all cases of persons dying in prison.  The jury found that death was due to apoplexy."

Mr Hirdle was infamous in the area, as his 59 convictions, mostly for being ‘Drunk and Disorderly’ bears testimony! One obituary states he was originally from Ridgmont. Every landlord for miles must have breathed a quiet sigh of relief!