Crime and punishment display at Lowestoft record office

A broadsheet recording the execution of William Howell in front of the County Courts, Ipswich on Sat

A broadsheet recording the execution of William Howell in front of the County Courts, Ipswich on Saturday 25th January 1845, which features in the Suffolk Record Office display in Lowestoft. - Credit: Archant

Crime and punishment in Suffolk is the theme of a new display at Suffolk Record Office in Lowestoft.

The display covers crimes committed between the 17th and 19th centuries.

With the help of documents from the record office archives and Find My Past and Ancestry search tools, which are free to use in Suffolk record offices, several crimes are highlighted in the display.

They include the murders of PC James McFadden in 1844 and PC Ebenezer Tye in 1862.

John Ducker, the man who murdered PC Tye, was in Ipswich Gaol in 1844 for theft at the same time as two of the murderers of PC McFadden - Walter Howell and Israel Shipley.


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Walter Howell's and Israel Shipley's death sentences were commuted to transportation to Norfolk Island.

Suffolk Record Office, in Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm every day except Wednesdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

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