Gatehouse Prison

Gatehouse Prison was a prison in Westminster, London which was originally incorporated into a prison from the Westminster Abbey. Built in 1370, it was also one of the prisons which supplied the Old Bailey with information on former prisoners (such as their identity or prior criminal records) for making indictments against criminals [ [ Old Bailey trail procedures] ]

Throughout the 17th century, Gatehouse prison held many famous dissenters and those charged with treasonous crimes, including Laurence Voux [ [] ] , Christopher Holywood [ [] ] , Richard Lovelace, Samuel Pepys, Henry Savile [ [ Tower site prisoners] ] and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Lovelace's To Althea, from Prison was written while he was a prisoner in Gatehouse. Savile and Raleigh were transferred to the Tower of London and when Gatehouse prison was torn down in 1776.

The present day site of the former prison is part of the Westminster scholar's Crimean War Memorial.

Further reading

*Forsythe, James Neild. "State of the Prisons in England, Scotland, and Wales, Not for the Debtor Only, But for Felons Also, and Other Less Criminal Offenders". London: Routledge, 2000. ISBN 0-415-23127-2
*Tanner, Lawrence Edward. "Westminster School, Its Buildings and Their Associations". P. Allan, 1923.


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