Insolvent Lives: Captain Charles Papps Price (1750-1812)

Every year in the eighteenth century thousands of men and women were sent to prison by their creditors. Estimates vary considerably though roughly three in every five thousand people (or one in every thousand adult males) were imprisoned each year. The majority settled their debts relatively quickly though, amongst the mass of delinquent prisoners, lingered … Continue reading Insolvent Lives: Captain Charles Papps Price (1750-1812)

Mr John Kirby (1727-1804) – A Debtor Turned Gaoler and the Rise of Professional Prison Keeping

In the late spring of 1761, John Kirby tasted freedom for the first time in seven years. He packed his remaining possessions and descended the winding stairs outside his quarters which he shared with up to three other men. He emerged into the London sunshine as he crossed the prison yard, being briefly plunged into … Continue reading Mr John Kirby (1727-1804) – A Debtor Turned Gaoler and the Rise of Professional Prison Keeping