Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Sanctuaries of Southwark, 1: Montague Close

A chance find in a secondhand bookshop (thank you Kirkdale Bookshop) means I begin analysing the sanctuaries abolished in 1697 with Montague Close, in the environs of what is now called Southwark Cathedral. The book is Florence Higham’s Southwark Story, … Continue reading

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The 1697 act against ‘pretended privileged places’

Or, to give it its full name, An Act for the more effectual relief of creditors in cases of escapes, and for preventing abuses in prisons, and pretended privileged places. (Anno 8 & 9 William III cap 27) This very … Continue reading

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