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Offline Lynne Tann-Watson

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Imprisonment in 19th century London.
« on: Tuesday 05 March 19 18:31 GMT (UK) »
My 3xgt uncle William Thomas Tann was a naughty boy. He lived in Chelsea and at the age of 14 in 1838 he was found guilty of stealing a watch case and sentenced to 3 months imprisonment. He had already been given a month for stealing apples. Later in 1838 he was sentenced to transportation to Van Diemen's Land for seven years for stealing a handkerchief. He was in Newgate, then on a prison Hulk before departing. Does anyone know wwhere he was likely to have been imprisoned on the first two occasions?

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Offline sallyyorks

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Re: Imprisonment in 19th century London.
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 07 March 19 20:17 GMT (UK) »
Maybe Newgate or Millbank, or possibly Parkhurst (opened in 1838?). It's hard to say because there was a few jails in the wider London area.
The 1830/40's was when many of the larger prisons, and workhouses, were built, so he might have been sent to a new one.

In '1838', he was found guilty of 'feloniously breaking and entering a dwelling-house' (housebreaking).

https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def2-767-18380226&div=t18380226-767#highlight

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