Marshalsea


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Marshalsea

(ˈmɑːʃəlˌsiː)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (formerly in England) a court held before the knight marshal: abolished 1849
2. (Law) (formerly in England) a court held before the knight marshal: abolished 1849
3. (Historical Terms) a prison for debtors and others, situated in Southwark, London: abolished in 1842
4. (Law) a prison for debtors and others, situated in Southwark, London: abolished in 1842
[C14: see marshal, -cy]
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Some of my readers may have an interest in being informed whether or no any portions of the Marshalsea Prison are yet standing.
But, whosoever goes into Marshalsea Place, turning out of Angel Court, leading to Bermondsey, will find his feet on the very paving-stones of the extinct Marshalsea jail; will see its narrow yard to the right and to the left, very little altered if at all, except that the walls were lowered when the place got free; will look upon rooms in which the debtors lived; and will stand among the crowding ghosts of many miserable years.
The condemned felon has as good a yard for air and exercise in Newgate, as the insolvent debtor in the Marshalsea Prison.
Many eyes, that have long since been closed in the grave, have looked round upon that scene lightly enough, when entering the gate of the old Marshalsea Prison for the first time; for despair seldom comes with the first severe shock of misfortune.
Charles Dickens' father was jailed for unpaid debts in Marshalsea Prison, one of many notorious lockups in the area.
Edey, porter of the Marshalsea, Henry Robinson, girdler, and Garret Saxton, shoemaker, all of Southwark.
By early 1609 "Barry had seen the collapse of his theatrical venture at Whitefriars, had been imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea, had been released from prison, had fled to Ireland by means of a hijacked Flemish boat, and had been engaged in piracy out of the southeastern coast of Ireland for a few months.
10) On April 6 an earthquake shook London during a performance at the Theatre, prompting much public comment; four days later there was a riot at the Theatre, drawing the attention of the Lord Mayor; and a few days after that, Robert Leveson and Law rence Dutton of the Earl of Oxford's players were imprisoned in the Marshalsea for getting into a fight with some Inns of Court men.
Although it pays only brief attention to his two months in the Marshalsea prison, the London narrative provides a highly textured description of events subsequent to the return of Cornelius to Dorchester in late June for trial and execution.
Location of works, place of delivery supplies or performance: The Marshalsea, 1 Place Saint Exupry 91704 Sainte Genevive des Bois Cedex
NAME THE DEBTORS' PRISON FEATURED IN LITTLE DORRIT a) Pentonville b) Newgate c) Marshalsea
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