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King's Bench Prison

This prison is situated in Southwark, and is a place of confinement for debtors, and those sentenced by the court of King's Bench to suffer imprisonment for libels, and other misdemeanors. Those debtors who can purchase the liberties, have the power of taking houses or lodgings without the walls. They have also the power of purchasing day-rules, according to fixed stipulations. This privilege is also enjoyed by the prisoners in the Fleet.

There are also several HOUSES of CORRECTION besides those particularly mentioned in this division of our work:
amongst them,
City Bridewell, Bridge Street, Blackfriars. It combines the correction of the dissolute, with the education of the poor.
New Bridewell, Southwark.
County Jail for Surrey, in the borough of Southwark;—for felons and debtors.
New Jail, Southwark, or Borough Compter: for felons and debtors.

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House of Correction

Tothill Fields Bridewell

Giltspur Street Compter

New Debtors' Prison

Clerkenwell Prison

Fleet Prison


King's Bench Prison

Borough Compter

Sheriffs Officers' Houses

Milbank Penitentiary

Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819