The Edwardian drunks in these photos are shamefaced, bewildered, and angry as they stare into the lens of the police camera while getting their mugshots taken. Their offences include being caught while in charge of a steam engine, carriage and a horse while being drunk. As it turns out they were in violation of the Licensing Act of 1902. The act gave police the power to apprehend those found drunk in any public place.
Drunk James Doyle, a labourer, whose report listed 'peculiarities' such as having two scars on his right forearm and a 'crossed right eye'. He was convicted of being drunk and disorderly in a public house in 1904.
Richard ‘Dirty Dick’ Flemming – also listed with the alias ‘Dick the Devil’. He was sentenced on February 20, 1903 for being drunk and disorderly, receiving 21 days of hard labour. He is described as 5ft 2in with a slim build and pug nose.
Eliza Fallon: She was a 38-year-old ‘woodchopper and prostitute’ who was put on the blacklist after being found heavily intoxicated on numerous occasions in 1904. She is noted as having a scar on the left side of her nose and the right side of her neck.
Alice Tatlow: She was a 25-year-old ‘polisher and prostitute’ and was convicted for drunk and disorderly behaviour in January 1904. She is noted as having a number of distinguishing tattoos including Prince of Wales’ feathers on her right hand and a heart and clasped hands with ‘true love KB’ on her right arm