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Prosecution Associations in South East Cheshire - Jim Sutton

From 15 April 2019 19:30 until 15 April 2019 21:30
Posted by Peter RUGMAN
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A prosecution association was a mutual protection society when members of a local community entered into an agreement to prosecute, using subscription money, anyone committing a felony on the property of any member. During the period between about 1700 to 1850 75 associations have been identified in Cheshire, including that of Alsager. There may have been as many as 3-4000 in the country as a whole. The earliest association identified in England is the Stoke on Trent Association against Horse Stealing in 1694. In South East Cheshire fourteen associations have been identified as existing between Macclesfield and Audlem between 1750 and 1850 with others across the county border at Talke, Audley, Betley and Woore to name but a few. Each of these advertised at least annually in the papers of the day stating their aims and objects and giving details of their members names and the rewards paid for information leading to conviction.
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