Crime and Punishment - Sophia Constable

Teachers' Notes

The main thrust of this resource is to examine the life of Sophia Constable, an 11 year old girl who was imprisoned at Northallerton Gaol in the late 19th Century.


This is done through a series of documents from North Yorkshire County Council Record Office.

This resource may also be used as part of a local study for various groups in and outside formal education.

Curriculum links:


KS3 Citizenship Unit 02 Crime

KS4 History - SHP Crime and Punishment syllabus, particular relevance to poverty as a cause of crime in the 19th Century.

KS3 History - Unit 22: The role of the individual for good or ill?

KS3 History - The work of an individual: prison reform in the 19th Century through Edmund Du Cane  who initialised a new regime for prisoners, introducing the silence rule.

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