Newgate Prison in the Middle Ages

@article{Bassett1943NewgatePI,
  title={Newgate Prison in the Middle Ages},
  author={Margery Bassett},
  journal={Speculum},
  year={1943},
  volume={18},
  pages={233 - 246}
}
  • M. Bassett
  • Published 1 April 1943
  • History, Law
  • Speculum
NEWGATE was the main prison of the city of London and the county of Middlesex. The other city prisons were the two sheriffs' compters, similar in many ways to the modern police station,2 and Ludgate which was opened in 1378 for freemen of the city held as debtors or on charges other than felony or treason. All those suspected of serious crimes went to Newgate, to be dealt with either by the mayor's court or by the justices of jail delivery. There also were to be found those committed to prison… 

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