London Borough of Islington in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
Whitecross Debtors Prison (1813-1870)
Mad in England
Erected by English Hedonists.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is February 2, 1650.
Location. 51° 31.361′ N, 0° 5.56′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Islington, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Whitecross Street and Dufferin Street, on the left when traveling south on Whitecross Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Islington, England EC1Y 8JJ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fortune Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); A Royal Brewery Visit (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Priss Fotheringham (about 240 meters away); Frieze from W. Bryer & Sons (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The London Wall Walk - 14 (approx. Site of First Bomb Hit (approx. half a kilometer away); City Road Turnpike (approx. half a kilometer away); The London Wall Walk – 15 (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Islington.
More about this marker. The attribution of the plaque to "English Hedonists" clearly satirizes English Heritage, the corporate body responsible for the more than 900 blue plaques installed all over London. There are (were?) four plaques installed by said group on Whitecross Street, with at least two still extant - this one, as well as the one for Priss Fotheringham. The website London Remembers speculates that the artist Carrie Reichardt may be part of English Hedonists, as "Mad in England" is her trademark.
Also see . . .
1. Nell Gwyn (Wikipedia). "Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn (2 February 1650 – 14 November 1687; also spelled Gwynn, Gwynne) was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland. Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Samuel Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. She was the most famous Restoration actress and possessed a prodigious comic talent. Gwyn had two sons by King Charles: Charles Beauclerk (1670–1726); and James Beauclerk (1671–1680).... Charles was created Earl of Burford and later Duke of St. Albans." (Submitted on April 9, 2018.)
2. Whitecross Street Prison (Wikipedia). (Submitted on April 10, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.