Monthly Talk 3rd October 2019

BATH & ITS LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN 1800

SPEAKER: Rose Wallis

At the end of the eighteenth century, the local Magistrates or Justices of the Peace were responsible for both criminal judicial proceedings and local government administration including such social security as existed. They were unpaid and untrained, their authority was based as much on their social status as gentlemen as their office.

With a rising population, war and political agitation, economic depression, increasing poverty and crime and, believe it or not in this locality, growing tourism, the magistracy faced unprecedented challenges.

Dr Wallis' talk will explore the role of the magistracy as local government, and the particular problems it posed in a fashionable city like Bath.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Rose Wallis is a senior lecturer in British Social History at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Her teaching and research is focused on criminal justice, law, disorder, and governance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is also Associate Director of the Regional History Centre at UWE.