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Bad Children, Bad Parents

Children are expensive; in the early Victorian period parents would go to extreme measures to get them off their hands. In May 1836 John Mitchell brought his 14 year old stepson, Frederick Payne, before the Surrey magistrates, alleging the boy … Continue reading

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The Execution Shed

In 1783 the gallows at Tyburn were moved to Newgate – the prison which had loomed over London for six centuries.  Over a thousand executions took place both inside and outside its walls until it closed in 1902. Following Newgate’s … Continue reading

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Soldiers

Soldiers were widely acknowledged as by far the most troublesome of all the categories of prisoner in the house of correction at Brixton.  At times they made up to a fifth of the prison’s population.  They were delivered from their … Continue reading

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The Prison Wagon

In November 1821 people living on Borough High Street wrote to the Surrey magistrates complaining about the manner in which prisoners were being conveyed along their road. Local residents, it seemed, had become fed up with the open cartloads of … Continue reading

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The Governors

I’ve added a new page listing all the governors of Brixton I’ve identified in my research so far.  Conveniently all those since 1902 (when it became London’s remand prison) are written on a board in the prison – so all … Continue reading

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