Friday 28 July 2017

1900s drunks blacklist goes online

A list of drunks from the turn of the last century has been launched online
A list of drunks from the turn of the last century has been launched online

A list of drunks whose loutish behaviour led to them being banned from pubs and clubs at the turn of the last century has been launched online.

Family history website Ancestry.co.uk said the Birmingham Pub Blacklist includes fascinating details, and photographs, of "habitual drunkards" in the city.

Offences included drink-driving a steam engine, riding a horse while under the influence and being intoxicated to the point of "complete incompetence".

Each drunkard's entry includes photographs (front and profile views), their name, alias, residence, employment, physical description, distinguishing marks, nature of conviction and the sentence received for booze-related crimes.

The detailed description also lists distinguishing marks such as tattoos and scars, and their professions, including prostitutes, bedstead polishers, hawkers and grease merchants.

Ancestry.co.uk international content director Dan Jones said: "The list paints a fascinating picture of some of Birmingham's most debauched characters from the turn of the last century and we hope to complement it with similar lists from other cities in the future.

"The detail in these records is incredible, featuring photographs as well as physical descriptions, meaning anyone with an ancestor in the collection will find out a great deal about them, whilst others can uncover compelling information about forgotten members of society who were down on their luck or perhaps spending their good fortune in unwise ways."

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