In case it helps anyone, the prison in Whitecross Street (St Luke's) was the London
& Middlesex Debtors' Prison.
From: Mark <dorsetpast(a)aol.com>
Actually, have just googled: it appears the debtors prison at Whitecross street, Islington
was called the Debtors' Prison.
So ignore my previous answer!
Mark @ Yetminster
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On 12 Sep 2013, at 12:06, Paul Smallcombe <psmallcombe(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
Like many people, more than one of my ancestors appeared in the debtors' court and
spent time in the debtors' prison in the 19th century.
In the Register of cases I located at TNA it lists one of them. There is a column for
'Gaol' under which it variously says 'Marshalsea' or 'Fleet' etc.
Next to my ancestor and some others on the same page, it just says 'Debtors'
Prison'. Does anyone know where this is supposed to signify? Perhaps the decision as
to exact one had not been made when these entries were being filled out?
Paul in London