Lewes History Group talk: History of Criminal Custody in Lewes – Monday 9 March 2020, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Christopher Whittick: Banged Up in Lewes: Criminal custody in the County Town

In March Lewes History Group welcomes former County Archivist, Christopher Whittick who will describe the historical evidence for the present Lewes Prison, illustrated with images from the County Record Office and elsewhere. He will also take us back beyond the 19th Century to examine the history of judicial custody in the County Town over a period of almost a thousand years.

Christopher Whittick explains: “Although today we may automatically associate prison with punishment, that has not always been the case; indeed it is a relatively recent concept, emerging during the opening decades of the 18th century. The original function of a gaol or prison was to contain those who had been arrested pending their trial, to hold prisoners awaiting the gallows or transportation to a penal colony, or to confine debtors until their liabilities had been discharged either from the sale of their assets or by their families.”

Elevation of Proposed Lewes Prison, 1848, ESRO
Elevation of proposed Lewes Prison, 1848 – ESRO R/A 2/516

All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee, payable at the door, of £1 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Talks page for a list of  forthcoming monthly events organised by the Lewes History Group.