Alcohol - Ancient - Animal - Architecture - Art - Aviation - Boxing - Celebrity - Charity - Children - Church - Cinema - Comedy - Crime - Dance - Death - Disaster - Drugs - Fashion - Food - Gambling - Ghost - Grave - Health - Historical - Industry - Justice - LGBT - Literary - Look Up - Medical - Military - Motoring - Murder - Museum - Music - Nature - Naval - Paranormal - Pioneer - Poetry - Police - Politics - Pub - Public Amenities - Quirky - Religion - Retail - Ripper - River - Royalty - Science - Sculpture - Sex - Signs - Society - Sport - Subterranean - Technology - Theatre - Train - Transport - Tube - TV - Weather -

Contact Us

IN THE NEWS

Westfield Stratford City East
Westfield Stratford City East Retail Theme

TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Kate & William Wedding Tour
The Kate & William Wedding Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

9th April 2005 Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles are married at Windsor Castle.

9th April 1978 S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens was born in Southgate,

9th April 1914 World, Flesh and the Devil, the 1st colour film, shown in London.

9th April 1906 Labour Leader Hugh Gaitskell was born in Kensington.

9th April 1838 The National Gallery opens in its new home off Trafalgar Square.go to related location

9th April 1413 The Coronation of Henry V in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

9th April 1269 Edmund of Crouchback, son of King Henry III was married to Lady Aveline de Forz in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

King's Bench Debtors Prison



King's Bench Debtors Prison

The Massacre of St George's Fields was started here

Location: Borough, Southwark, London

Description: The King's Bench Prison was a prison from medieval times until it was closed and demolished in 1880.

It took its name from the King's Bench court of law in which cases of defamation, bankruptcy and other misdemeanour's were heard; as such, the prison was often used as a debtor's prison until the practice was abolished in the 1860s.

Although one of the largest London prisons at the time, it still gained a reputation for being dirty, overcrowded and prone to outbreaks of typhus.

On 10 May 1768 the imprisonment here of radical John Wilkes for writing an article that severely criticized King George III prompted a riot - the Massacre of St George's Fields - in which five people were killed.

Also, this prison was also badly damaged in a fire started in the 1780 Gordon Riots.

In 1842, it was renamed the Queen's Prison, and later became the Southwark Convict Prison.

Notable inmates included English dramatist Thomas Dekker, Emma Lady Hamilton, Marc Isambard Brunel, John Mytton, John Pell, and John Wilkes.


Themes: CrimeCrime Theme  HistoricalHistorical Theme

Ranking This Month: 1768/2824

Pages Hit This Month: 20



King's Bench Debtors Prison

The Massacre of St George's Fields was started here


The Shady Old Lady points out that you can drag this map using mouse. Or visit our full massive map.


Got something to add? Write it 'ere:
Name:     Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:
Other places nearby...

Home of Russian spy Kim Philby», 3.3km

1909 Tottenham Outrage Robbery», 6.4km

Home to a Murderer», 6.5km

World's 1st Drink Driving Arrest», 2.0km

Moll King's Houses of Ill Repute», 4.1km

Balcombe Street Siege», 3.1km

The Tower of London», 1.1km

The Spaghetti House Siege», 2.5km

21/7 Bomb Factory», 8.0km

Poor Lazarus Isaacs», 1.5km