If you enjoyed the BBC series Taboo – you’re probably wondering what London was really like at that time. That violent drama is set in 1814, the late Georgian period, and as luck would have it, I own several guides to London from the first two decades of the nineteenth century. One from 1804 is especially descriptive […]

Newgate prison

Another blog post in my current series on Newgate prison – demolished over a hundred years ago and replaced by the Old Bailey court building By the end of the nineteenth century, if you committed a murder north of the Thames – you would face the hangman at Newgate. If you committed it south of […]

This is one of a series of blog posts about the once notorious Newgate prison that stood on the site of today’s Old Bailey  George Cruikshank was a caricaturist who drew the illustrations for the books of Charles Dickens. He was also vehemently opposed to the death penalty, following something he saw outside Newgate prison. […]

Two men executed in south London for being gay – in 1743

Children brutally punished for stealing in 18th century England