From Runners to Peelers . . . ?
Posted by Woodhouse on March 23, 1998 at 07:55:34:
In response to Henry Fielding, Crime Fighter , written by Carolyn B on March 23, 1998 at 00:15:01
Weren't the Fielding Bros. considered the founders of the Bow Street Runners? I have been searching for a history of their development, and info on how they functioned. One thing that is not at all clear to me is how they were assigned, especially in the early years.
As I understand it, the Victorian-era Peelers functioned much like today's police force but in the Regency-era Runners were more "for hire" by private individuals, and therefore available only to the wealthy. Is that right? I may well be misinformed. I would love to read the info you have, via e-mail or otherwise. (Does anyone here read Anne Perry's fictional "Detective Monk" series? Pure Victoriana. I just started, and it is highly entertaining.)
Can anyone recommend other sources of information on the topic of the Runners' development? Thanks very much.
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