May 03, 2009

Newgate Prison

Newgate Prison in London remained in operation from the late 12th century to the early 20th century. It was located at the corner of Newgate Street and Old Bailey (the central criminal court).

Newgate was originally intended to be a "new" gate into London City (in addition to the existing four), hence the name.

In contrast to Newgate's corrupt reputation--at many times during its history being run as a for-profit penal institution--high status criminals and royalty were usually housed at the Tower of London (which enjoys its own spooky reputation).

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