A report on Gatehouse Prison

Gatehouse Prison in the 18th century
The Crimean War Memorial, on the site of the Gatehouse in front of Westminster Abbey

Prison in Westminster, built in 1370 as the gatehouse of Westminster Abbey.

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Gatehouse Prison in the 18th century

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Richard Lovelace by William Dobson.

To Althea, from Prison

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Poem written by Richard Lovelace in 1642.

Poem written by Richard Lovelace in 1642.

Richard Lovelace by William Dobson.

Lovelace wrote the poem while imprisoned in Gatehouse Prison adjoining Westminster Abbey due to his effort to have the Clergy Act 1640 annulled.

Matthew Parker, whose consecration Holywood claimed was invalid.

Christopher Holywood

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Irish Jesuit of the Counter Reformation.

Irish Jesuit of the Counter Reformation.

Matthew Parker, whose consecration Holywood claimed was invalid.

In 1598 he was sent to Ireland, but was arrested on his way and confined in the Gatehouse Prison, the Tower of London and Wisbech Castle, and was eventually shipped to the continent after the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Giles Wigginton

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English clergyman who became a fringe religious activist towards the end of the sixteenth century.

English clergyman who became a fringe religious activist towards the end of the sixteenth century.

Wigginton refused, and Whitgift committed him to the Gatehouse Prison, where he remained for over two months.

St. John Southworth

John Southworth (martyr)

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John Southworth (c.

John Southworth (c.

St. John Southworth
Reliquary of Saint John Southworth in Westminster Cathedral.

Southworth was arrested again in November 1637 and sent to the Gatehouse Prison and again transferred to The Clink, where he remained for three years.

A contemporary engraving of Bates, by Crispijn van de Passe.

Thomas Bates

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Member of the group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Member of the group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

A contemporary engraving of Bates, by Crispijn van de Passe.

He arrived at the hall separately from the others; prisons operated on a class-based system and so he was kept at the Gatehouse Prison, rather than the Tower.

Thomas Ragland

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Politician.

Politician.

Records show that in August 1578 he was in the Gatehouse Prison.