Wednesday, 21 September 2016

#plaque366 Newgate

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series

The Pokey. The Jug. Clink. Stir…

Newgate. The word always sounds so inspiring, redolent of fresh starts and portals to paths never before taken. Portals which are sure to lead to a better world. A new world through Newgate. It could be the name and slogan for a chichi new property development.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The rather grand City of London plaque commemorates the site of Newgate which, in turn, gave its name top London’s most notorious. Cutpurses, murderers, blackmailers, torturers, extortionists… and those were just the guards.

Famous inmates include the writer Daniel Defoe, William Penn and the infamous Captain Kidd.

It’s only natural that a place of such wickedness and suffering should have left a few spiritual marks behind. Find them on the Ghosts of the Old City walk every Tuesday and Saturday.

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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