Fascinating mugshots from a century ago reveal the shadowy lives of Manchester’s most prolific criminals

PICTURES of shady characters from over a century ago have fascinated and amazed history fanatics everywhere.

The mugshots from the Greater Manchester Police archives open a door to the story of criminals from years gone by, read on to find out more about them.


Alfred Pilling of Beswick, Manchester was jailed in the early 1900s for stealing 20lbs of ham and 56lbs of cheeseCredit: Manchester Evening News

The mugshots were taken between the 1870s and the start of World War One.

The photos were accompanied by detailed notes, these notes were often shared with officers in surrounding…

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