Bridewell Prison


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Occupation Anna Letitia Waring
For many years ALW visited the prisoners in the Bridewell Prison at Horfield, near Bristol, and worked with the Discharged Prisoners Aid Society .
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder.
She compared her charity work to watching by a...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Marjorie Bowen
As her title implies, she is interested in Hogarth as social commentator. This approach puts her ahead of her time. She notes the presence of the black woman among those he depicts condemned to beat...


1555: Bridewell Prison, the first house of correction...

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Bridewell Prison , the first house of correction for vagrants and beggars, was established in the same building as the recently-founded Bridewell Royal Hospital a residence for apprentices during their training.

6 January 1647: Mary Overton, arrested with her brother-in-law...

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6 January 1647

Mary Overton , arrested with her brother-in-law Thomas as they worked on a scandalous pamphlet,
Purkiss, Diane. The English Civil War, A People’s History. Harper Perennial.
was brought before the House of Lords , pregnant and with her six-month-old baby in her arms.

1700: A doctor was appointed to Bridewell Pris...

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A doctor was appointed to Bridewell Prison .

12 August 1752: Justice John Fielding defined the crime of...

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12 August 1752

Justice John Fielding defined the crime of apprentices caught putting on an unlicensed play as mere unlawful assembly; they got off with a reprimand.

1791: Flogging was abolished for female prisoners...

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Flogging was abolished for female prisoners in Bridewell in London.

1816: The Select Committee on Police heard from...

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The Select Committee on Police heard from Patrick Colquhoun that prostitutes derive a considerable proportion of their subsistence by the robbery of those who come into contact with them.
Tobias, John Jacob. Urban Crime in Victorian England. Shocken Books.


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