In his autobiography 'In time of trouble' Claud Cockburn (1904-1981) writes
'...Tring (Herts) had a kind of suburb -a village
called Wiggington, or rather it was not called Wiggington but 'wicked
Wiggington'. It was deemed wicked in 1912 because of the way it had been
founded as a village in about 1820. The Government of that day had taken
drastic but humane and sensible measures to clear London and the
surrounding country of highwayman and other criminals. It had designated a
number of areas in the Chiltern Hills to which such characters might go and
settle down; if they did so by a certain date, they would, in effect, be
amnestied. After that date, any of them found at large or not resident in
these tiny Siberias, would be severely dealt with..'
there any evidence to support this?