Monthly Archives: November 2015

Harty Henry

Harty Henry came before the Surrey magistrates in August 1823 charged with stealing a hat and two umbrellas from the Nag’s head in Southwark.  A clerk, Robert Sharp, gave evidence: I was going into my master’s counting house.  I met … Continue reading

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Brixton For Sale

In 1852, overcrowded and delapidated, Brixton prison was put up for sale.  It would be replaced as the Surrey house of correction by a new prison in Wandsworth. The buildings were sold late in the summer.  But it was to … Continue reading

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The Surgeon

William Gardner had been the surgeon at Brixton from its beginning. His duties required him to visit the prison every day, see every prisoner at least twice a week, visit all sick prisoners in the infirmary every day and to … Continue reading

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