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28 October 2014
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Riotous Littleport

During Saxon Times, before the Norman conquest of 1066, Littleport, on the edge of The Fens in Cambridgeshire, was a busy trading port, being close to the Great Ouse - a river running out to The Wash at Kings Lynn. But in 1816, it became the exit point for a large number of criminal rioters.

Overcrowding in British prisons is not a new problem. In the early 18th Century however they had a practical solution for dealing with excess numbers of prisoners; they were forcibly shipped off to British penal colonies in America. This solution continued successfully, for the government at least, until the American Civil War in 1860 brought it to an abrupt end. The number of inmates in England rose, and continued to rise, with dire consequences for the gaols which could not hold the inmates. More...

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