The Clink Museum
Location – 1 Clink St, London , SE1 9DG
The Clink Prison Museum is located on the site of one of the famous prison’s in London. In its various forms it served as a prison from the 12th century to 1780.
The prison was owned by the Bishop of Winchester and built next to his Winchester Palace, it had separate Men’s and Women’s Prisons built in around 1144 which rank amongst some of the oldest in England.
The South Bank at this time was notorious site of Brothels, Taverns and other types of entertainment many which was owned or rented from the Bishop of Winchester himself.
At various times different types of prisoners were held here from general lawbreakers up to 16th century when it was then used for heretics and finally in the 18th century was used as a debtors prison.
In 1450 the Winchester Palace and the prison was attacked by rioters who released the prisoners before burning both buildings to the ground. They were rebuilt soon afterwards. By 1760 the Prison was almost a ruin but was still burnt down by Gordon rioters and was never rebuilt.
Although it did not exist after 1760, the name survived in the English Language as slang for ‘Prison’
The Clink Museum gives visitors ” the opportunity to view archaeological artefacts, handle torture devices, and to view and hear all about the tales of torment and many misfortunes of the inmates of the infamous Clink Prison.”
Children ( under 16 ) £5.50
Family £18.00 2 adults & 2 children under 16
Opening Times Open all year around, 7 days a week ( Closed on Christmas Day )
Summer (July – September ) 10.00 – 21.00
Winter ( October – June )
Monday to Friday 10.00 – 18.00 Weekend10.00 – 19.30
( last admission 30 minutes before closing )
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