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Terry Foreman  •  Link

For prisons in London, see Background information > Places > Other London buildings http://pepysdiary.com/background/?c=buildings

Newgate Prison

Tower of London

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

Terry F.  •  Link


"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."

dirk  •  Link

Prison Wardens

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.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

In 1561, the weekly charge including “dyett,” and " lodging" for a prisoner in the Fleet prison ranged from £24 16s. 8d. for an archbishop, duke or duchess, down to £1 18s. 2d for a yeoman. “A poore man that hath his parte at the [poor] boxe,” paid nothing, except 7s. 8d. upon dismissal.

Even until the removal of the [Fleet] prison, the Farringdon Street entrance had a grated window, over which was cut "Please remember the poor prisoners having no allowance," and a deplorable looking object, standing behind this grating, holding a money-box, and imploring most piteously for charity.’
-- Memorials of the Temple Bar.

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