Friends of the

Metropolitan Police History

Period Pre-1829

Time Zone: 1712 - 1772


1712

Last conviction for witchcraft (last executions for witchcraft were - in England 1680s; in Scotland 1729).


1748

Henry FIELDING appointed magistrate at Bow Street.


1751 - Gin Act.

Henry FIELDING’s half-brother, John FIELDING became his assistant at Bow Street.


1752

Covent Garden Journal produced by Henry FIELDING, who starts to employ special officers at Bow Street 1753.


1754

Sir Henry FIELDING died. Succeeded at Bow Street by John FIELDING, blind from the age of nineteen and known as ‘The Blind Beak’.


1755

John FIELDING’s ‘Plan to Prevent Robberies’ Act making constables for the whole of City of Westminster and not just parish offices.

Saunders WELCH appointed assistant to John FIELDING at Bow Street.


1758

John FIELDING’s ‘Account of the Origin and Effects of a Police’.


1760

John FIELDING knighted.


1763

Bow Street Horse Patrol created by Sir John FIELDING.


1765

Journeymen-Weavers riots (Spitalfields).


1766

Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.


1767

Feb 24 - Patrick Redmond revived after his hanging.


1768

Coal-heavers marched to the Palace Yard. John FIELDING persuaded leaders to meet employers at Bow Street.


1770

First Parliamentary Commission on Police.

Lease on John FIELDING’s house in Bow Street expired. Renewed for 10 years.


1772

Parliamentary enquiry into burglaries in London.


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