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Ancient Cells Found in Wellclose Square

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Ancient Cells Found in Wellclose Square

Post by Karen on Fri 9 Dec 2011 - 21:15

Abode of Prisoners in the Time of Charles II Are Unearthed in London.

A fitting abode for criminal relics to be exhibited at the new London museum at Kensington palace has been found in two prison cells, which were discovered by a gentleman connected with the London county council in an old house in Wellclose square, St. Georges-in-the-East The cells, which are believed to date back to the time of Charles II and to have been subsequently used in connection with the Whitechapel police court, were occupied in a common lodging house when discovered. In the walls, which are built of oak, thickly studded with strong iron bolts, were the original fetters used for the condemned prisoners, together with a plank bed upon which no doubt many a criminal spent his last night upon earth.
The complete cells have been dismantled by experts acting under instructions from Guy Laking, custodian of the new museum, and they will be re-erected in their entirety in the annex at the museum at Kensington, where visitors will be able, not only to pass in and out of them and inspect the many quaint inscriptions on the walls, but examine the massive iron bolts on the exterior, which defied the efforts of the most wily prisoners to force an exit. An old oak staircase still stands in the house in Wellclose square, but this will not be removed.

Source: The Spencer Herald, Wednesday April 10, 1912

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