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L Aw Collection

From the historic halls of Middle Temple to the bustling streets of London, 'l aw' encompasses a world of justice and order

Background imageL Aw Collection: Barristers Called to Bar - Middle Temple Hall, London

Barristers Called to Bar - Middle Temple Hall, London
Newly qualified Barristers called to the bar at Middle Temple Hall, London

Background imageL Aw Collection: The Scales of Justice above the Old Bailey Law Courts, Inns of Court, London, England, UK

The Scales of Justice above the Old Bailey Law Courts, Inns of Court, London, England, UK

Background imageL Aw Collection: Wigs for English lawyers, 1800s

Wigs for English lawyers, 1800s
Lawyer selecting the proper wig for appearance in court, London, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageL Aw Collection: Police Officer London

Police Officer London
Police officer on duty in London with a George Vi helmet plate Metropolitan Police

Background imageL Aw Collection: Police Public Call Box in the snow, London

Police Public Call Box in the snow, London
A Police Public Call Box, on a London street on a snowy day. The Metropolitan Police introduced police boxes throughout the London area between 1928 and 1937

Background imageL Aw Collection: Ju-Jitsu suffragette

Ju-Jitsu suffragette
If you want to earn some time throw a policeman! The Ju-Jitsu suffragette shows how a policeman may be tackled. Mrs Garrud, the well-known suffragette

Background imageL Aw Collection: Barrister in Full Swing

Barrister in Full Swing
An advocate in full swing in the courtroom. He gets so carried away that his spectacles fall off

Background imageL Aw Collection: Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham

Shotley Bridge General Hospital, County Durham
Aerial view of Shotley Bridge Hospital, County Durham. It was originally opened by the Gateshead Union in 1912 as a TB sanatorium (far right of picture)

Background imageL Aw Collection: Police Officer / Children

Police Officer / Children
Police officer giving directions to three boys with a three person bicycle pointing in the opposite direction Transport

Background imageL Aw Collection: H. M. Prison, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

H. M. Prison, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire
A view of Peterhead Prison and the North Sea beyond, Aberdeenshire. The prison opened in 1888 and was Scotlands only convict prison

Background imageL Aw Collection: Cid Officers as Dockers

Cid Officers as Dockers
C.I.D officers cunningly disguised as dockers during investigations into drug smugglers at Limehouse Docks, London. One man (r) has a hook for a hand!

Background imageL Aw Collection: Courtroom Scene, 1828

Courtroom Scene, 1828
Courtroom scene

Background imageL Aw Collection: England. Carta Magna (1212). Manuscript Add

England. Carta Magna (1212). Manuscript Add. 4838. UNITED KINGDOM. London. The British Museum

Background imageL Aw Collection: The Hollies Childrens Home, Sidcup, Kent

The Hollies Childrens Home, Sidcup, Kent
Aerial view of The Hollies, the Greenwich & Deptford Unions cottage homes at Lamorbey, near Sidcup, Kent, opened in 1902 to house pauper children away from the workhouse

Background imageL Aw Collection: Police Recruitment Sign

Police Recruitment Sign
Metropolitan Police recruitment poster for more police, offering a job or career in the police force

Background imageL Aw Collection: Police Officers London

Police Officers London
Police officers wearing old and new uniforms. On left wearing 1980 uniform, on right the old from the period 1959-1980 Metropolitan Police in London near Houses of Parliament

Background imageL Aw Collection: Police Officer & Triumph

Police Officer & Triumph
Metropolitan Police officer on a Triumph motorcycle during World War II

Background imageL Aw Collection: Hogarth Actresses Barn

Hogarth Actresses Barn
Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn Using a loophole in the law that defied actors to act outside London without a licence

Background imageL Aw Collection: An Enthusiastic Lawyer

An Enthusiastic Lawyer
BRITAIN A barrister in court is carried away by his feelings, to the astonishment of his colleagues

Background imageL Aw Collection: Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex

Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex
Part of Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex. Several patients can be see in beds on the open balconies. The hospital was opened in 1903 by the West Ham Union for the sick poor in the area

Background imageL Aw Collection: West Ham Infirmary, Whipps Cross, Essex

West Ham Infirmary, Whipps Cross, Essex
West Ham Infirmary, Whipps Cross, Leytonstone, Essex, viewed across a small lake. The infirmary, better known as Whipps Cross Hospital

Background imageL Aw Collection: Catford Police Station with officers posing outside

Catford Police Station with officers posing outside
Catford Police Station in south east London with officers posing outside. Date: 1850

Background imageL Aw Collection: Union Workhouse, Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland

Union Workhouse, Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland
Female lunatic inmates sit in an airing yard at the Cootehill Union Workhouse, County Cavan, Ireland

Background imageL Aw Collection: Night Watch / Amsterdam

Night Watch / Amsterdam
The Night Watch by Rembrandt Van Rijn, Amsterdam

Background imageL Aw Collection: The common law in the similitude of a tree

The common law in the similitude of a tree. Date c1878

Background imageL Aw Collection: Pentonville Prison, Islington, North London

Pentonville Prison, Islington, North London
An aerial view of Pentonville Prison in Islington, North London. The prison was opened in 1842 as the new Model Prison, on the separate system

Background imageL Aw Collection: Wandsworth Prison, south west London

Wandsworth Prison, south west London
A galleried wing of Wandsworth Prison in south west London. Two warders inspect the cells

Background imageL Aw Collection: Asylum Lodge, Devizes, Wiltshire

Asylum Lodge, Devizes, Wiltshire
The entrance lodge to the County Lunatic Asylum at Devizes, Wiltshire opened in 1851. In 1924 it was renamed Wiltshire County Mental Hospital, then in 1948 renamed Roundway Hospital

Background imageL Aw Collection: Banstead Asylum, Surrey

Banstead Asylum, Surrey
Banstead Asylum, located on Sutton Lane, Banstead, Surrey, was established in 1877 as the Middlesex County Lunatic Asylum

Background imageL Aw Collection: West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex

West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex
The West Middlesex Hospital, originally erected as an infirmary for the Brentford Union workhouse on Twickenham Road, Isleworth

Background imageL Aw Collection: Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex

Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex
Aerial view of Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, Middlesex. The building was originally the Chase Farm Schools, opened in 1886 by the Edmonton Union to house pauper children away from the workhouse

Background imageL Aw Collection: Dorking General Hospital, Surrey

Dorking General Hospital, Surrey
Aerial view of Dorking General Hospital on Horsham Road, Dorking, Surrey. Designed by William Shearburn, the building opened in 1841 as the Dorking Union workhouse

Background imageL Aw Collection: Old Bailey / London

Old Bailey / London
The Central Criminal Court, London (The Old Bailey)

Background imageL Aw Collection: Mint Street Workhouse, Southwark, south London

Mint Street Workhouse, Southwark, south London
View of the entrance (right of centre) to the St Saviours Union workhouse on Mint Street, Southwark, south London. Passers-by include a man carrying a small child

Background imageL Aw Collection: Driffield Union workhouse, East Yorkshire

Driffield Union workhouse, East Yorkshire
The entrance to the union workhouse (or Poor Law Institution) on Bridlington Road, Driffield, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Two inmates can be seen on the left, sitting on a bench

Background imageL Aw Collection: Aerial view of Forest Gate Hospital, East London

Aerial view of Forest Gate Hospital, East London
An aerial view of the Forest Gate Hospital, London E7. The hospital was originally opened in 1854 by the Whitechapel Union as an industrial school for 800 children

Background imageL Aw Collection: Aerial view of Wormwood Scrubs Prison, West London

Aerial view of Wormwood Scrubs Prison, West London
Aerial view of Wormwood Scrubs Prison in West London. It was opened as a convict prison in 1883 then used as a local prison from 1890

Background imageL Aw Collection: Houseless and Hungry by Luke Fildes

Houseless and Hungry by Luke Fildes
A study entitled Houseless and Hungry by Luke Fildes depicting homeless paupers queuing outside the casual ward of a London workhouse. A policeman stands at the left of the scene

Background imageL Aw Collection: Guiltcross Union Workhouse, Kenninghall, Norfolk

Guiltcross Union Workhouse, Kenninghall, Norfolk
The Guiltcross Union Workhouse, designed by William Thorold, was erected in 1836-7 at Kenninghall, Norfolk. After its closure in 1902 the site was acquired by the Rev Harold Burden

Background imageL Aw Collection: Rochdale Union Workhouse, Dearnley, Lancashire

Rochdale Union Workhouse, Dearnley, Lancashire
The approach to the Rochdale Union workhouse, opened in 1877 at Dearnley, near Rochdale, Lancashire. The site later became Birch Hill Hospital

Background imageL Aw Collection: Withington Hospital, Manchester

Withington Hospital, Manchester
Entrance to Withington Hospital, Nell Lane, Manchester, opened in 1855 as Chorlton Union workhouse. A horse and carriage stands outside the gates

Background imageL Aw Collection: Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex

Whipps Cross Hospital, Essex
Entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex. Several patients can be see in beds on the open balconies. The hospital was opened in 1903 by the West Ham Union for the sick poor in the area

Background imageL Aw Collection: Walton Hospital, Liverpool

Walton Hospital, Liverpool
Walton Hospital, Rice Lane, Walton on the Hill, Liverpool. The central clock tower concealed a large water storage tank. The building was designed by William Culshaw

Background imageL Aw Collection: Union Workhouse and Infirmary, Crumpsall, Manchester

Union Workhouse and Infirmary, Crumpsall, Manchester
Aerial view of the Manchester Union workhouse and infirmary at Crumpsall. At the bottom of the picture can be seen the original workhouse (later Springfield Hospital) with an entrance on the right

Background imageL Aw Collection: Congleton Union Workhouse, Arclid, Cheshire

Congleton Union Workhouse, Arclid, Cheshire
Aerial view of Congleton Union workhouse at Arclid, Sandbach, Cheshire. The building, erected in 1844-5, was designed by Henry Bowman. It later became Arclid Hospital

Background imageL Aw Collection: Union Workhouse, Wantage, Oxfordshire

Union Workhouse, Wantage, Oxfordshire
The Wantage Union workhouse, Oxfordshire. The workhouse, designed by Sampson Kempthorne, was erected in 1836 on Hungerford Road, Wantage, and later became the Downs Hospital

Background imageL Aw Collection: Poplar Workhouse, East London

Poplar Workhouse, East London
A side view of one of the blocks of the Poplar Union workhouse, located on Poplar High Street, East London

Background imageL Aw Collection: Met Police officers during Grunwick dispute

Met Police officers during Grunwick dispute
Two Metropolitan Police officers relax on deckchairs in The Mall, Central London, waiting for a political demonstration over the Grunwick dispute to begin



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From the historic halls of Middle Temple to the bustling streets of London, 'l aw' encompasses a world of justice and order. Barristers are called to Bar at the prestigious Middle Temple Hall, their dedication shining through in every case they handle. In County Durham, Shotley Bridge General Hospital stands as a symbol of compassion and care within the realm of law enforcement. Even amidst snow-covered streets, a Police Public Call Box remains an iconic sight in London, reminding us that law enforcement is always ready to serve and protect. A stoic police officer patrols these very streets, ensuring safety for all. Step back in time to 1828 with a glimpse into a courtroom scene - where justice was sought and verdicts were delivered. Cid Officers take on yet another role as dockers, showcasing their versatility within the field. The Scales of Justice loom above the Old Bailey Law Courts in Inns of Court, London - an enduring symbol representing fairness and impartiality. H. M Prison in Peterhead serves as a reminder that even those who break the law must face consequences. A barrister swings into action with eloquence and expertise inside courtrooms across England. Meanwhile, echoes from Amsterdam's Night Watch remind us that maintaining order is not limited by borders or boundaries. Inscribed upon Carta Magna (1212), England's ancient manuscript holds principles that still guide our legal system today. And let us not forget the brave suffragette practicing Ju-Jitsu - fighting for equality within society while navigating through legal challenges. 'L aw' weaves together tales from various corners: history collides with modernity; duty intertwines with passion; rights meet responsibilities, and is an intricate tapestry that binds societies together under one common goal – justice.