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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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The darkest time period in Brixton’s modern history was during the 1990s.  In one eighteen month period fourteen prisoners and three staff took their own lives – a record for a British jail.  The lessons learned from that time mean … Continue reading

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The Oyster Eater – Brixton’s Hungriest Prisoner

One day he walk’d up to an oyster stall, To punish the natives, large and small; Just thirty dozen he managed to bite, With ten penny loaves – what an appetite! But when he had done, without saying good day, … Continue reading

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