Publications » Vol. 28: Justice In Eighteenth-Century Hackney: The Justicing Notebook Of Henry Norris And The Hackney Petty Sessions Book
Edited by RUTH PALEY
Henry Norris was a London merchant, appointed to the judicial bench in Hackney in 1727. His notebook, covering the cases heard before him between February 1730 and 1741 is an unusual survival. The cases brought before him included assault and theft and reveal something of eighteenth-century attitudes to the poor. The Hackney petty sessions book covers the years 1731 to 1753. A large part of the business of these justices involved settlement examinations in order to assign indigent individuals to the parishes which would relieve them and the binding out of pauper children as apprentices. There is a detailed index of all the people and places mentioned in the records.
251pp volume 28, 1991 LIST PRICE £20