Esoteric London

No. 394: Millbank, SW1

Posted in Crime and Punishment, Museums by esotericlondon on September 1, 2011

Tate Britain, Millbank, Pimlico, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

The Wilds of London – James Greenwood, 1874:

One day is so much like another in a gaol that I need not describe day by day the time I spent at Newgate. I was a month in that prison, and began to wonder if they meant keeping me there altogether, when one morning I was made aware that something unusual was about to take place, for they brought me no oakum to pick, and the breakfast made its appearance at least twenty minutes earlier than was common. But I was not kept long in suspense. Immediately after breakfast I was led from my cell to a great room, where were a goodish number of prisoners already, and a warder was busy taking handcuffs and anklets out of a canvas bag, and fitting them on to the prisoners wrists and ankles. Then I heard it whispered that we were going to Millbank.

[ The National Gallery of British Art (now Tate Britain) was built on the site of Millbank Prison the works being completed in 1897. R.D.]

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