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The Criminal Prisons of London

The Criminal Prisons of London
And Scenes of Prison Life

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108036986


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About the Authors
  • Henry Mayhew (1812–87), social reformer and journalist, is well known for his classic work of research on the London poor (also reissued in this series) and as one of the co-founders of Punch magazine in 1841. While working as the metropolitan correspondent for the London Morning Chronicle, Mayhew initiated several investigations into London's poor and the state of the city's prisons. Sourcing his information from guards and from prisoners themselves, Mayhew's monumental study of London criminal life (co-written with John Binny and published in 1862) includes analyses of crime areas, crime classifications and the state of the different prisons connected to them, observations on juvenile delinquents, and methods of discipline and control of prisoners. The book also provides detailed police and criminal statistics. His survey ultimately concluded that all of London's prisons were lacking in basic human necessities and were greatly in need of reform.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108036986
    • length: 738 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • contains: 93 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: London considered as a great world
    A balloon view of London
    Some idea of the size and population of London
    London from Different Points of View: The entry into London by rail
    The Port of London
    London from the top of St. Paul's
    The Contrasts of London: Of the riches and poverty of London
    The charity and crime of London
    Of the London streets, their traffic, names, and character
    Professional London
    Legal London
    The Administration of the Criminal Law: The criminal prisons and prison population of London
    The London convict prisons and the convict population
    Of prison discipline
    The Convict Prisons of London: Pentonville Prison
    The female convict prison at Brixton
    The hulks at Woolwich
    Millbank Prison - the convict depot
    The Correctional Prisons of London: The Middlesex House of Correction, Coldbath Fields
    The Middlesex House of Correction, Tothill Fields
    The Surrey House of Correction, Wandsworth
    The City House of Correction, Holloway
    The Detentional Prisons of London: Newgate Jail
    The House of Correction, Clerkenwell
    Horsemonger Lane Jail.

  • Authors

    Henry Mayhew

    John Binny

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