Luncheon at Stationers’ Hall
Ave Maria Lane, London ec4m 7dd
Thursday 18 May
12.15 for 12.45 a.m.
The Marshalsea in Southwark was the poorest and lowest of London’s three great debtors’ prisons. On the one hand it housed the most desperate of debtors, on the other it lodged some in tolerable comfort, even approaching luxury on the Master’s Side.
Jerry White will take us inside the Marshalsea to look at life there, especially for the many authors, illustrators and aspiring Grub Street hacks who found themselves incarcerated over the years.
Jerry is Professor in Modern London History at Birkbeck College and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of England. Among his many published works are London in the twentieth century: a city and its people, winner of the 2002 Wolfson History Prize, and Zeppelin nights: London in the First World War, which was Spear’s Social History of the Year. His most recent book is Mansions of misery: a biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison.