Tuesday, June 25, 2013


A gallery of female drinkers who have been barred from pubs has been unveiled, more than 100 years after it was first published.

The black and white mugshots show a series of women banned from their local pubs for anti-social behaviour during the early 1900s.
Authorities in Birmingham drew up a Black List of 83 'habitual drunkards' which included 37 women.
The local council teamed up with the city's Holt Brewery to circulate its list to local landlords who were forbidden from serving known drunks across the city under Edwardian Law.
Each notice bore a mugshot of the women and a physical description, including references to 'stout' builds, 'oval' faces and 'ordinary' noses.
The historical find was unearthed by teams from family tree website ancestry.co.uk.

A spokeswoman said: "In order to enforce the 1902 Sale of Liquor to Habitual Drunkard's Licensing Act, the Watch Committee of the City of Birmingham provided licensed liquor sellers and clubs with photos and descriptions of people deemed "habitual drunkards," who were not to be sold liquor.
"The 82 persons in the book were convicted of drunkenness between 1903 and 1906, typically at the Birmingham City Police Court.
"If you find a member of your family here, you'll discover a marvellous snapshot of an individual at a moment in time - albeit a difficult moment."
Many of the women on the Black List had scars, missing teeth or other deformities, including Kate Kibble, 50, who had an eyepatch and crooked fingers.
Most of the women on the list had jobs working as charwomen (cleaners), woodchoppers, polishers or grease merchants.
One street performer 'played tin whistle outside licensed premises' while some also worked as prostitutes and sported tattoos.
Alice Tatlow, 25, had four tattoos, including a 'Prince of Wales Feathers' inking on the back of her right hand.

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