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Newgate: London's Prototype of Hell

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There have been more prisons in London than in any other European city. Of these, Newgate was the largest, most notorious, and worst. Built during the 12th century, it became a legendary place—the inspiration of more poems, plays, and novels than any other building in London. It was a place of cruelty and wretchedness, at various times holding Dick Turpin, Titus Oates, Dan ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by The History Press (first published January 19th 2006)
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The history of prisons is replete with gruesome details of how prisoners have been treated. Newgate, which existed in one form or another for about 800 years, offers the prototypical example. It was rebuilt four times and may have become more notorious in each of its five eras. The condemn person's path from Newgate to Tyburn - where thousands of hangings took place - is famous in London, even though it now runs past posh shops along Oxford Street to a corner of the famous Hyde Park.

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Lauren Albert
"Newgate" was not really a history of Newgate though that was in there. Halliday uses Newgate as an excuse to discuss crime and punishment throughout British and London history--the death penalty, transportation, prison reform, etc.
Mark Copithorne
I'm often drawn to a good gulag yarn. But this history is a half digested collection of anecdotes.
This was definitely an interesting read. It was clearly well researched and the stories were poinent and horrific in equal measure. I think that I will be revisiting this every few years.
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