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Marshalsea 1 - stone - round Marshalsea Prison - Angel Alley

Plaque: Marshalsea 1 - stone - round


Melancholy streets, in a penitential garb of soot, steeped the souls of the people who were condemned to look at them out of windows, in dire despondency.

Quoted from Chapter 3 of Little Dorrit.

Site: Marshalsea Prison - Angel Alley (6 memorials)

SE1, Borough High Street, Angel Alley

We've put the pin for these 6 plaques at the entrance to the alleyway but they are actually laid into the ground, distributed along the alley all the way to Tennis Street. We've numbered them west to east. In our picture you can see the old wall, the steel plaque and the first of the stone plaques.

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Marshalsea 1 - stone - round

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Little Dorrit

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

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Marshalsea Prison

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

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Marshalsea 1 - stone - round

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Charles Dickens

Born, son of John Dickens, at No.1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsmouth (wh...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Marshalsea 1 - stone - round

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Marshalsea 2 - steel

The plaque refers to 'wall mounted artworks' but we did not see any on our vi...

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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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Marshalsea 6 - stone - John Dickens

John Dickens, the father of Charles Dickens, was imprisoned here for debt fro...

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