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Memorial

Marshalsea 2 - steel Marshalsea Prison - Angel Alley

Plaque: Marshalsea 2 - steel

Erection date: 24/9/2004

Inscription

Angel Place
This alleyway lies on the site of the old Marshalsea Prison where the author Charles Dickens' father was incarcerated, and which featured strongly in his great book 'Little Dorrit.'  The old prison wall still stands.
Thanks to an active local steering group, we now have new lighting, paving, and a new gateway to St George's Gardens. The wall mounted artworks adapt the original illustrations from Little Dorrit.  The themes of wealth and poverty, freedom and imprisonment, which run throughout the book, are visually explored.  Children from the local St Joseph's and Cathedral schools collaborated on the project and appear in the scenes along with their drawings.  This project was completed and opened on 24th September 2004, and was funded by Southwark Council to make the area safer and easier to use.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Art in the Park, Southwark Council

The plaque refers to 'wall mounted artworks' but we did not see any on our visit in 2012, unless the plaques now in the ground used to be wall mounted.

Site: Marshalsea Prison - Angel Alley (5 memorials)

SE1, Borough High Street, Angel Alley

We've put the pin for these 5 plaques at the entrance to the alleyway.  In our picture you can see the old wall, the steel plaque and the first of the stone plaques which are laid into the ground of the alley at intervals.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
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Information Subjects commemorated

51052

Little Dorrit

A novel by Charles Dickens first published in serial form 1855 and 1857.  The...

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Charles Dickens

Born No. 1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsmouth (where there is a museum). ...

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Marshalsea Prison

Originally built to hold prisoners being tried by the Marshalsea Court an...

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Information Created by

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Art in the Park

Art in the Park is a charity devoted to enriching Londoners' lives and enviro...

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Bankside Open Spaces Trust

Works with local people to develop parks and gardens so they can relax, kick ...

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Southwark Council

The London Borough of Southwark was created as an amalgamation of the Metropo...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Information Also at this site

51041

Marshalsea 1 - stone - round

Quoted from Chapter 3 of Little Dorrit.

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Marshalsea 3 - stone - Little Dorrit

The heroine of Dickens' novel Little Dorrit was one resident who was not a pr...

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Marshalsea 4 - stone - spiral

Quoted from Charles Dickens' preface to Little Dorrit.

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Marshalsea 5 - stone - at gates

This is our first push-me-pull-you plaque.  It is in Angel Alley at the gates...

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