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Newgate : London's prototype of hell

Author: Stephen Halliday
Publisher: Stroud : Sutton, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Of all London's prisons Newgate was the most notorious. In this new book Stephen Halliday brings to life its riotous, cruel and colourful story." "From the twelfth to the twentieth century Newgate occupied the site if one of the ancient Roman gates of London. It was rebuilt five times before being demolished and replaced by the Old Bailey. The second prison was built by the Mayor of London, Richard Whittington, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Halliday
ISBN: 0750938951 9780750938952
OCLC Number: 62177766
Description: xii, 234 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The heinous gaol of Newgate --
2. An abode of misery and despair --
3. The bloody code --
4. Catching the criminals --
5. After the riots --
6. The reformers --
7. Newgate in literature; final days.
Responsibility: Stephen Halliday.

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Newgate was the largest, most notorious and worst prison in London. Built during the twelfth century, it became a legendary place, the inspiration of more poems, plays and novels than any other  Read more...

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