The connection between Middlesex, London and Westminster means that it is packed with facts about such well known interesting places and events as: Old Bailey, Newgate Prison, Coldbath Fields, Hicks's Hall, Ludgate Prison, the start of the Metropolitan Police, Tothill Fields, Tyburn, the Gordon Riots, Clerkenwell explosion and Middlesex. Guildhall is now scheduled as the home of the new UK Supreme Court...to mention just a few such items. From former times to the present day: plus 100 years at the Uxbridge Courthouse. It looks at justice ancient and modern, imprisonment, bridewells, 'houses of correction' and intriguing cases from the archives - the life and times of a part of Middlesex and the justices of the peace who gave up their time to public service.
Eileen M Bowlt was born and brought up in Yorkshire, but has lived in Middlesex for more than 40 years. A graduate in history and a qualified teacher she has specialised in research on the local history of parishes in north-west Middlesex, resulting in a number of publications: The Goodliest Place in Middlesex (1989) (which won the Alan Ball Author Award for Local History) Ruislip Past (1994); Ickenham and Harefield Past (1996); Stanmore Past (1998); Harrow Past (2000); and Around Ruislip (2007). She has written many articles for local history journals as well as contributing to and advising on other publications.
Early Justice in an Ancient CountyThe Middlesex SessionsPrisons and BridewellsUxbridge Magistrates in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth CenturyThe Uxbridge Justices'A Suitable Home for Justice'Magistrates in a New Urban WorldMeeting the Demands of Increasing Business