Historic ASBOs reveal drunken yobs from 1904

275x250.jpg Details of drunkards whose loutish behaviour saw them barred from pubs and clubs at the turn of the last century have been published online.

The Birmingham Pub Blacklist included the photos and details of drunks who from the city’s pubs and clubs because of things like drink-driving a steam engine.

Each entry included photographs, their name, alias, residence, employment, physical description, distinguishing marks, nature of conviction and the sentence received for booze-related crimes.

Information was compiled by the Watch Committee of the City of Birmingham, which was set up by the police to enforce the Licensing Act of 1902… and included gems like James Doyle (above).
275x250.jpg The act was passed in an attempt to deal with public drunks, giving police the power to apprehend those found drunk in any public place and unable to take care of themselves.
 
The Black List provided licensed liquor sellers with photos and descriptions of ‘habitual drunkards’ who were not to be sold alcohol due to their reputation and past delinquencies.

A spokesperson for Ancestry.co.uk which has made the information available online said: “Although it is a small collection, the Black List paints a fascinating picture of some of Birmingham’s most debauched characters from the turn of the last century and we hope to compliment it with similar lists from other cities in the future.   
 
“The detail in these records is incredible, featuring photographs as well as physical descriptions meaning anyone with an ancestor in the collection will find out a great deal about them, whilst others can uncover compelling information about forgotten members of society who were down on their luck or perhaps spending their good fortune in unwise ways.”

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