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Juvenile Offenders in Victorian Lancashire: W.J. Garnett and the Bleasdale Reformatory

This book tells the fascinating story of the Bleasdale Reformatory from its opening in 1857 to its closure in 1905. It examines the background to the foundation of these reformatories and charts the changing relationship between philanthropists, charitable organisations and Government officials at a national and local level through the late nineteenth century. Detail is provided of the reformatory regime and the histories of some of the boys held at Bleasdale. The book also examines the relative success rates of Bleasdale and other Lancashire reformatories, and contains a wealth of insights into their intentions and their outcome, drawing lessons relevant to the twenty-first century.

  • Softback
  • Full Colour Cover
  • ISBN: 978-1-86220-214-6
  • 104 Pages

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Published by Centre for North-West Regional Studies, Lancaster University

About the Author
Emmeline Garnett is a retired schoolteacher with a passion for local and family history. She is the author of a number of books and articles on the region, including a recent edition of The Dated Buildings of South Lonsdale.

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