Time Zone: 1712 - 1772
Last conviction for witchcraft (last executions for witchcraft were - in England 1680s; in Scotland 1729).
Henry FIELDING appointed magistrate at Bow Street.
1751 - Gin Act.
Henry FIELDING’s half-brother, John FIELDING became his assistant at Bow Street.
Covent Garden Journal produced by Henry FIELDING, who starts to employ special officers at Bow Street 1753.
Sir Henry FIELDING died. Succeeded at Bow Street by John FIELDING, blind from the age of nineteen and known as ‘The Blind Beak’.
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.
John FIELDING’s ‘Account of the Origin and Effects of a Police’.
John FIELDING knighted.
Bow Street Horse Patrol created by Sir John FIELDING.
Journeymen-Weavers riots (Spitalfields).
Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.
Feb 24 - Patrick Redmond revived after his hanging.
Coal-heavers marched to the Palace Yard. John FIELDING persuaded leaders to meet employers at Bow Street.
First Parliamentary Commission on Police.
Lease on John FIELDING’s house in Bow Street expired. Renewed for 10 years.
Parliamentary enquiry into burglaries in London.