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The Social History of Crewe<sup>1</sup>

Barry S. Godfrey, David J. Cox and Stephen D. Farrall

in Criminal Lives

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217205.003.0002

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

The Social History of Crewe1

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As this chapter shows, Crewe came into existence following the decision of the Grand Junction Railway to relocate its main works from Edgehill to a new site. Before the railway moved to Monks Coppenhall, Crewe did not exist. The study was based in Crewe for a number of reasons. First, because Crewe grew virtually out of nothing, it represented a relatively small town and so it had a known starting point. Second, by virtue of the Works, the town also had a relatively stable population. Third, Crewe had a virtually complete run of petty sessions records from 1880–1940 and a complete run of at least one of the local newspapers, namely the Crewe Chronicle.

Keywords: Crewe; crime rates; Grand Junction Railway; petty sessions; Crewe Chronicle

Chapter.  5978 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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