The Thieves of Threadneedle Street

The Thieves of Threadneedle Street

The Victorian Fraudsters Who Almost Broke the Bank of England

Hardback352pp Illustrated243x164mm

9780752493404     Product Code: 505179


Although still in his twenties, Austin Bidwell was an experienced international criminal at the time of his arrest for a fraud on the Bank of England in 1873. Based on court transcripts, witness statements, diaries and letters, this book tells the story of the American con man and his four co-conspirators who successfully passed off bills of exchange for large sums before a small mistake led to their arrest and a trial that exposed the fragility of the financial system.

publ £20.00