Once at the heart of one of London's most infamous rookeries or slums, Saffron Hill - located between Holborn and Clerkenwell - is forever associated with Charles Dickens' 1838 novel, Oliver Twist, and in particular with the arch criminal Fagin.
A SuperMax prison. The Ohio State Penitentiary, a 504-bed supermax prison in Youngstown, Ohio.
Newgate Prison, wherein many of the most notorious convicts of all time were publicly hanged. It was built in 1188, alongside the Roman London Wall. Rebuilt after being badly damaged during the Gordon Riots in 1780, George Dance was commissioned to design the new prison at Newgate. Completed in 1782 Newgate Prison was divided into two sections. There was a Common area for poor prisoners and a State area for those who could afford more comfortable accommodation. These sections of the prison…
Old Scotland Yard - headquarters of the Metropolitan Police until 1890.
There are very few photos of Newgate prison on the net. The most commonly reproduced ones come from a late Victorian book, Queen’s London, Anon, Cassell, 1897. But three of the most striking an
Newgate Prison, Snow Hill, London
Drawing of a Prisoner in cell at Newgate Prison
Victorian prison cell in Newgate, 1890’s. We can see the water tank and basin with bedding in the corner. The shelf includes items such as a Bible, plate and a mug
The original Newgate Prison in London has often been called “hell above ground.” When Connecticut’s first prison was built out of an old copper mine, its living conditions were so dismal that people began referring to it as Newgate as well, and the Old Newgate Prison came into being.Barely any sunlight made its way down the steep shafts. The cells were damp, moldy, and claustrophobic. Prisoners were awoken at 4:00 AM and marched off in chains for a day of backbreaking labor in the prison’s…