Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
PrisonsFor prisons in London, see Background information > Places > Other London buildings http://pepysdiary.com/background/?c=buildings
Tower of Londonhttp://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/167/
Concerning the meaning of the prison as an expression of social values, a key and controversial text is Michel Foucault (1975). Discipline and Punish: the Birth of the Prison http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discipline_and_Punish
"The extent of crime (or what was considered crime) in London may be gauged by the number of prisons: ten. Newgate is pictured here; another well-known one was the Clink, immortalized in English slang.
"In most cases prisoners had to pay for their own food and lodgings; those who were in prison for debt were given an allowance from the money collected each week for the poor."http://ise.uvic.ca/Library/SLTnoframes/history/...
A Warden at the time would still have had to purchase his right to run the prison he was responsible for. And he would then be expected to make a profit by charging the inmates for their "room and board". Paupers were nevertheless entitled to a (very) bare minimum - which would be paid for indirectly by the better off prisoners.
Very much like the way tax farmers worked - and many similar public offices.
Bridewell Prison by vincent(cumgranissalis) Places > London streets and areas > Bridewell http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/877/#c5843[...]"Bridewell
Pauline on Mon 10 Nov 2003, 5:58 amGood ol
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