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Newgate: London's Prototype of Hell by [Halliday, Stephen]
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About the Author

Stephen Halliday is an authority on the history of London. His previous books include The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis and Underground to Everywhere: London's Underground in the Life of the Capital.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1111 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8X73PC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2017
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I liked this book. It's a very well told history of a most horrible place. Full of interesting characters and facts I really recommend it.
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Format: Paperback
This was an interesting book, all about the history of Newgate Prison in London. Each chapter took a different aspect of it, i.e. punishment, sentencing, reform etc, and discussed that. It's similar in style to Catherine Arnold's "Bedlam", but not really quite as good. It had some really interesting stories in it, but it was written in quite a simplistic style and I found that some of the quotes were repeated quite a few times, which was a bit annoying. So overall it was an interesting read, recommended if you don't know anything about Newgate, but there are better books on the subject.
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This book gives an excellent account of life through the centuries at Newgate prison. It illustrates how the gaol operated, the various levels of discomfort available subject to ones wealth & thankfully doesn't dwell too much on the various forms of torture on offer.
It gives a great insight into life in general over the last few centuries and how our ever-changing penal code impacts on society in general.
Definitely worth a read.
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Between October '92 and March 2000, I was employed as a court attendant at the Old Bailey,and whenever you ventured into certain parts of the building, you felt you were far from alone. There was a cold, horrible, I-don't-want-to-be-here-a-moment-longer feeling, and I worked hard to find out why, when it was such a lovely building to work in.
This book has filled in the gaps, and now I realised I was probably walking over someone's grave. Someone who died, unloved, uncared for and unknown from diseases too horrible to contemplate.
Yet, to many, Newgate was the face of civilised incarceration for the wrongdoer.
Read this book and next time you walk past the Old Bailey, stop, think, and wonder - "Who is buried beneath me"?
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A previous reviewer compared the book unfavourably against Bedlam: London and Its Mad but I prefered this book to the other. Bedlam seemed dry in its writing style. This book might be a tad simplistic but it is informative. The anecdotes are interesting and the isolated page summaries of personalities were useful.

Excellent book.
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