St. Giles's Roundhouse

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St. Giles's Roundhouse was a small, circular prison used mainly to hold suspected rather than convicted prisoners. In 1870 it was converted into an alms house.

Probably the most famous of its inmates was Jack Sheppard, who "liberated" his mistress Elizabeth Lyon from its bonds and staged his own escape from the gaol in 1724.

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 3rd April 2012 | © Weird Island 2010-2019
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