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London Borough of Islington in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

Whitecross Debtors Prison (1813-1870)

Mad in England

 
 
Whitecross Debtors Prison (1813-1870) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 20, 2018
1. Whitecross Debtors Prison (1813-1870) Marker
Inscription. Warm-hearted Nell Gwynne, in her will, desired her natural son, the Duke of St. Albans, to lay out 20 a year to release poor debtors out of prison, and this sum was distributed every Christmas Day to the inmates of Whitecross Street Prison.
 
Erected by English Hedonists.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fortune Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); The London Wall Walk - 14 (approx. half a kilometer away); Site of First Bomb Hit (approx. half a kilometer away); City Road Turnpike (approx. half a kilometer away); London City Wall - Bastion 14 (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); William Shakespeare (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Coachmakers' Hall (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); To The Immortal Memory of Sir William Wallace (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Islington.
 
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Whitecross Debtors Prison (1813-1870) Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 20, 2018
2. Whitecross Debtors Prison (1813-1870) Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here on the corner of the building, just above the pedestrian's head.
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.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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