Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Archive Surfing : The Whipper of Vagrants

Today's photograph comes from another local history on-line image archive - the one operated by Calderdale Council in Yorkshire which is imaginatively called "From Weaver To Web" My example from the archive features an early photograph of Jesse Radcliffe who was the Beadle of Halifax. Radcliffe died in 1867 so the photograph must have been a very early example of the ability of photography to record forever local dignitaries. According to the description, a Beadle was "an officer responsible for the parish. Duties included, administering the poor law, summoning parishioners to vestry meetings, whipping vagrants, keeping children in order and speaking as the Town Crier".

Click on the above image to go to the Weaver To Web website


John said...

I think he would keep little kids in order just by looking at them; very much as though he has stepped out of Dickens.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing picture. I think he'd keep my children in order!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting post and photo. Thank you for sharing this today Alan. Hope you have a great evening.