Newgate Prison was a prison in London, at the corner of Newgate Street and Old Bailey just inside the City of London. The prison was extended and rebuilt many times, and remained in use for over 700 years, from 1188 to 1902.
"Chronicles of Crime or the New Newgate Calendar" is a biographical record of the more notorious criminals confined at Newgate. "The New Newgate Calendar" was first published in 1773, and has continued over the years with numerous compilers. In 1886, Camden Pelham published this two volume set which contains "a series of memoirs and anecdotes of notorious characters who have outraged the laws of Great Britain from the earliest period to the present time".
Listing the details of both the people and cases, you will find men and women who have been caught being coiners, extortioners, forgers, fraudulent bankrupts, footpads, highwaymen, housebreakers, incendiaries, imposters, murderers, mutineers, money-droppers, pirated, pickpockets, rioters, sharpers, traitors and much more.
An interesting read for anyone, but invaluable information if you happen to find a relative listed here.
An example entry:
EXECUTED FOR THE MURDER OF MISS PRICE, WHOM HE HAD SEDUCED.
Txis delinquent was a native of Bromsgrove, in Worcestershire, where
he was articled to an apothecary. Having served his time, he proceeded
to London to complete his studies in surgery, and he then entered the
service of Mr. Randall, a surgeon at Worcester, as an assistant. He was
here admired for his extremely amiable character, as well as for the abilities
which he possessed ; and he married the daughter of his employer, who,
however, died in giving birth to her first child. He subsequently resided
with Mr. Dean, a surgeon at Lichfield ; and during his employment by
that gentleman he became enamoured of his daughter, and would have
been married to her, but for the commission of the crime which cost him
It would appear that he had become acquainted with a young woman
named Elizabeth Price, who had been seduced by an officer in the army,
and who supported herself by her skill in needle -work, residing near Mr.
Caddell's abode An intimacy subsisted between them, the result of which
was the pregnancy of Miss Price ; and she repeatedly urged her paramour
to marry her. Mr. Caddell resisted her importunities for a considerable
time , until at last Miss Price, hearing of his paying his addresses to Miss
Dean, became more importunate than ever, and threatened, in case of his
non-compliance with her wishes, to put an end to all his prospects with
that young lady, by discovering everything that had passed between them,
Hereupon Caddell formed the horrid resolution of murdering Miss Price.
He accordingly called on her on a Saturday evening, and requested that
she would walk in the fields with him on the afternoon of the following
day, in order to adjust the plan of their intended marriage. Thus deluded,
she met him at the time appointed, on the road leading towards Burtonupon-
Trent, at the Nag's Head public-house, and accompanied her supposed
lover into the fields. They walked about till towards evening, when they
sat down under the hedge, and after a little conversation, Caddell suddenly
pulled out a knife, cut the wretched woman's throat, and made his escape.
In the distraction of his mind, he left behind him the knife with which lie had
perpetrated the deed, together with his case of instruments. On his returning
home it was observed that he appeared exceedingly confused, though the
re ason of the perturbation of his mind could not be guessed at ; but, on the
following morning, Miss Price being found murdered in the field, great
numbers of people went to see the body. Among them was the woman
of the house where she lodged, who recollected that she had said she was
going to walk with Mr. Caddell ; and then the instruments were examined,
and were known to have belonged to him. He was in consequence taken
into custody, and committed to the gaol of Stafford; and, being soon
afterwards tried, was found guilty, condemned, and executed at Stafford
on the 21st of July, 1701.
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