To Make the Punishment Fit the Crime

The Tour

Judicial punishment is a vexed issue. For centuries, the law has tried to make the punishment fit the crime. This is clear to see in its struggle to deal with the death penalty.

Hanging at Newgate Prison - To Make the Punishment Fit the Crime

Hanging at Newgate Prison

From the public display of execution to the fear of the afterlife, has the terror of the sentence of death really deterred the wrongdoer?

The execution of Hugh Despenser - To Make the Punishment Fit the Crime

The execution of Hugh Despenser

And what of those moments when the due process of law has been put in a questionable position?

Impotent to act, challenged by natural justice, or made the tool of tyranny?

From a pickpocket prostitute to a she-wolf, from domestic abuse to the trade in human corpses, all will be exposed as we visit the sites within the City of London where the law has tried to grasp the slippery serpent of crime.

N.B. This tour shares some of the locations featured in Death and the City, but the two tours have different priorities. While the other highlights darker aspects of punishment and execution, this tour concentrates on judicial aspects.

 

Details – To Make the Punishment Fit the Crime

Please go to the SCHEDULE to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: Outside Exit 1 (NOT the Cathedral exit) of St Paul’s Underground Station.
Duration: Two hours (approximately).

If you have any questions about this walk, contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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