Wednesday 8 February 2012 2.51pm
I was interested to read the comments about Glasshill Street
, especially the mention of old industrial buildings. Recently I've been researching the history of local gaols. In the 18th Century there was a prison at the south, Webber Street
end of the road called the Surrey Bridewell, run by the Justices of the County of Surrey.
On a 1799 map itís shown as the New Bridewell, and seems to be the only structure on the east side of the street (at this point Webber Street
ended further to the west and the road Providence Row joined at the bottom was called Higlers Lane):
In 1780 the Surrey Bridewell was one of several London prisons attacked during the Gordon Riots. A contemporary drawing shows the gaol in flames along with the nearby Kings's Bench Prison, which stood where the Scovell estate is now. Not long after this the prison was superseded by the new Horsemonger Lane Gaol, on the site of the present Newington Gardens
on Harper Road
After the Bridewell closed I understand the building gained a new use, and is shown on an 1872 map as a soap factory.