The Clink Prison Museum

The Clink Prison Museum Attraction, Museum The Clink Prison Museum is built upon the original site of the Clink Prison. The Prison dates back to 1144 making it one of England’s oldest, if not the oldest prison.
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Visitors will experience a hands on educational experience allowing them to handle original artefacts, including torture devices, as well as the opportunity to view and hear the amazing stories of the inmates and the notorious Southbank. Owned by the Bishop of Wi******er, The Clink Prison was used to control the Southbank of London known as “The Liberty of The Clink”. This area housed much of Lond

Visitors will experience a hands on educational experience allowing them to handle original artefacts, including torture devices, as well as the opportunity to view and hear the amazing stories of the inmates and the notorious Southbank. Owned by the Bishop of Wi******er, The Clink Prison was used to control the Southbank of London known as “The Liberty of The Clink”. This area housed much of Lond

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The name ‘Clink’ seems to have been attached to the prison in the 14th century. One of the most commonly argued derivati...
17/07/2021

The name ‘Clink’ seems to have been attached to the prison in the 14th century. One of the most commonly argued derivatives is that of the sound of the blacksmith’s hammer closing the irons around the wrists or ankles of the prisoners.

The name ‘Clink’ seems to have been attached to the prison in the 14th century. One of the most commonly argued derivatives is that of the sound of the blacksmith’s hammer closing the irons around the wrists or ankles of the prisoners.

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term?? We have lots of information about medieval t...
13/07/2021

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term?? We have lots of information about medieval torture, treason and imprisonment at the Clink!
Want to come in a group of 10 or more? Book a tour and our tour guides will bring the sinister side of London's history to life. Whether you're looking for a fun visit to torture each other and learn of the truly horrible history or a visit filled with educational fun and learning, our tour team are able to tailor to your own specific needs. Email [email protected] for details
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Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term?? We have lots of information about medieval torture, treason and imprisonment at the Clink!
Want to come in a group of 10 or more? Book a tour and our tour guides will bring the sinister side of London's history to life. Whether you're looking for a fun visit to torture each other and learn of the truly horrible history or a visit filled with educational fun and learning, our tour team are able to tailor to your own specific needs. Email [email protected] for details
UK School Trips

At the clink, we housed inmates such as the Puritans who went on to become the first Pilgrim Fathers, settlers of the Ne...
11/07/2021

At the clink, we housed inmates such as the Puritans who went on to become the first Pilgrim Fathers, settlers of the New World in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in the United States. Why not visit us to discover more?

At the clink, we housed inmates such as the Puritans who went on to become the first Pilgrim Fathers, settlers of the New World in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in the United States. Why not visit us to discover more?

One form of punishment was branding, which was not only painful, but left behind a permanent mark. Different letters bur...
05/07/2021

One form of punishment was branding, which was not only painful, but left behind a permanent mark. Different letters burned into flesh indicated different crimes: a 'T', for example, was used to identify a thief. Branding was banned in 1829.

To learn more about crime and punishment in London, come and visit the Clink.

One form of punishment was branding, which was not only painful, but left behind a permanent mark. Different letters burned into flesh indicated different crimes: a 'T', for example, was used to identify a thief. Branding was banned in 1829.

To learn more about crime and punishment in London, come and visit the Clink.

The Oubliette - or the 'forgotten room'.The oubliette was a tiny, vertical shaft which was often only large enough for a...
01/07/2021

The Oubliette - or the 'forgotten room'.
The oubliette was a tiny, vertical shaft which was often only large enough for an individual to stand up in - they wouldn't have been able to crouch down, to kneel, to sit, or perhaps even to turn round in it.
They would have been lowered into this shaft by a guardsman, and, once they reached the bottom, the rope would have been taken up and the trap-door above them would have been closed.

The Oubliette - or the 'forgotten room'.
The oubliette was a tiny, vertical shaft which was often only large enough for an individual to stand up in - they wouldn't have been able to crouch down, to kneel, to sit, or perhaps even to turn round in it.
They would have been lowered into this shaft by a guardsman, and, once they reached the bottom, the rope would have been taken up and the trap-door above them would have been closed.

If you're planning a class trip to The Clink Prison Museum book a self-guided tour for an unrivalled experience! For mor...
28/06/2021

If you're planning a class trip to The Clink Prison Museum book a self-guided tour for an unrivalled experience!
For more information, visit our website clink.co.uk or email [email protected]. #tour #London #history UK School Trips

If you're planning a class trip to The Clink Prison Museum book a self-guided tour for an unrivalled experience!
For more information, visit our website clink.co.uk or email [email protected]. #tour #London #history UK School Trips

The frame that held a person by their wrists and neck in a standing position was The Pillory. The Stocks the condemned s...
27/06/2021

The frame that held a person by their wrists and neck in a standing position was The Pillory. The Stocks the condemned sat with the ankles (sometimes wrists too) shut in to be pelted with refuse by the crowd, the pillory literally held the condemned up to public ridicule - and sometimes worse.
In the pillory a person could be whipped or held in place by having their ears nailed to the boards (the nailed parts might remain afterwards!); there are accounts of market stall holders accumulating filth to throw (including blood and offal) for days in advance.
While a sympathetic crowd could be merciful (Daniel Defoe was garlanded with flowers in the pillory), some particularly reviled prisoners were beaten to death.

The frame that held a person by their wrists and neck in a standing position was The Pillory. The Stocks the condemned sat with the ankles (sometimes wrists too) shut in to be pelted with refuse by the crowd, the pillory literally held the condemned up to public ridicule - and sometimes worse.
In the pillory a person could be whipped or held in place by having their ears nailed to the boards (the nailed parts might remain afterwards!); there are accounts of market stall holders accumulating filth to throw (including blood and offal) for days in advance.
While a sympathetic crowd could be merciful (Daniel Defoe was garlanded with flowers in the pillory), some particularly reviled prisoners were beaten to death.

A large Cauldron was filled with water, oil, tar, tallow or molten lead. The liquid was then boiled. Sometimes the victi...
24/06/2021

A large Cauldron was filled with water, oil, tar, tallow or molten lead. The liquid was then boiled. Sometimes the victim would be placed in the cauldron before it was boiled so as to be cooked slowly. Or they would be placed, usually head first, into the already boiling liquid.

A large Cauldron was filled with water, oil, tar, tallow or molten lead. The liquid was then boiled. Sometimes the victim would be placed in the cauldron before it was boiled so as to be cooked slowly. Or they would be placed, usually head first, into the already boiling liquid.

Whether you called it the cat’s paw or the Spanish Tickler, either was a creepy way to describe a handle with protruding...
22/06/2021

Whether you called it the cat’s paw or the Spanish Tickler, either was a creepy way to describe a handle with protruding claws of sharp metal. The torturer could take it in his hand and then use it to effortlessly peel away flesh from the criminal’s bones. This type of punishment was generally reserved for thieves, adulterous wives and other kinds.

Whether you called it the cat’s paw or the Spanish Tickler, either was a creepy way to describe a handle with protruding claws of sharp metal. The torturer could take it in his hand and then use it to effortlessly peel away flesh from the criminal’s bones. This type of punishment was generally reserved for thieves, adulterous wives and other kinds.

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term?? We have lots of information about medieval t...
18/06/2021

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term?? We have lots of information about medieval torture, treason and imprisonment at the Clink!
Want to come in a group of 10 or more? Book a tour and our tour guides will bring the sinister side of London's history to life. Whether you're looking for a fun visit to torture each other and learn of the truly horrible history or a visit filled with educational fun and learning, our tour team are able to tailor to your own specific needs. Email [email protected] for details
UK School Trips

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term?? We have lots of information about medieval torture, treason and imprisonment at the Clink!
Want to come in a group of 10 or more? Book a tour and our tour guides will bring the sinister side of London's history to life. Whether you're looking for a fun visit to torture each other and learn of the truly horrible history or a visit filled with educational fun and learning, our tour team are able to tailor to your own specific needs. Email [email protected] for details
UK School Trips

In the early days of The Clink, guilt or innocence could be determined by 'Trail by Ordeal'; this meant the accused bein...
17/06/2021

In the early days of The Clink, guilt or innocence could be determined by 'Trail by Ordeal'; this meant the accused being burned or scolded and then the healing rate of the wound being assessed as a measure of Gods favour - since God loves the innocent, an innocent person would heal more quickly.

In the early days of The Clink, guilt or innocence could be determined by 'Trail by Ordeal'; this meant the accused being burned or scolded and then the healing rate of the wound being assessed as a measure of Gods favour - since God loves the innocent, an innocent person would heal more quickly.

If you were a drunkard you may be punished by being forced to wear the 'drunkards cloak'. This strange item of clothing ...
13/06/2021

If you were a drunkard you may be punished by being forced to wear the 'drunkards cloak'. This strange item of clothing essentially consisted of a barrel with holes cut in for the head, legs and sometimes arms. You would be paraded around town for all to see.

If you were a drunkard you may be punished by being forced to wear the 'drunkards cloak'. This strange item of clothing essentially consisted of a barrel with holes cut in for the head, legs and sometimes arms. You would be paraded around town for all to see.

Looking for something to do? Why not head to the Clink prison museum! Discover what it was like to be imprisoned 800 yea...
10/06/2021

Looking for something to do? Why not head to the Clink prison museum! Discover what it was like to be imprisoned 800 years ago, learn about the famous inhabitants of the Clink and even get hands on with our medieval torture equipment! Find us on Clink Street, Southbank.

Looking for something to do? Why not head to the Clink prison museum! Discover what it was like to be imprisoned 800 years ago, learn about the famous inhabitants of the Clink and even get hands on with our medieval torture equipment! Find us on Clink Street, Southbank.

Witches were not burned in England; the only death penalty England had for witchcraft was by hanging. In Scotland and in...
08/06/2021

Witches were not burned in England; the only death penalty England had for witchcraft was by hanging. In Scotland and in Europe witches were burned, but not in England, where burning was the punishment for heretics or women convicted of treason.

The only witches that were burned had also been convicted of 'petty treason' - which was how the law viewed killing a husband.
One of the victims of Matthew Hopkins witch hunt was convicted of witchcraft and petty treason.

Witches were not burned in England; the only death penalty England had for witchcraft was by hanging. In Scotland and in Europe witches were burned, but not in England, where burning was the punishment for heretics or women convicted of treason.

The only witches that were burned had also been convicted of 'petty treason' - which was how the law viewed killing a husband.
One of the victims of Matthew Hopkins witch hunt was convicted of witchcraft and petty treason.

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term??We have lots of information about medieval to...
05/06/2021

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term??
We have lots of information about medieval torture, treason and imprisonment at the Clink!
Want to come in a group of 10 or more? Book a self-guided tour and bring the sinister side of London's history to life.
Email [email protected] for details

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term??
We have lots of information about medieval torture, treason and imprisonment at the Clink!
Want to come in a group of 10 or more? Book a self-guided tour and bring the sinister side of London's history to life.
Email [email protected] for details

In today's society we do not use torture as a means of punishment, as history progressed torture became less prolific, i...
04/06/2021

In today's society we do not use torture as a means of punishment, as history progressed torture became less prolific, it was only 100 years or so ago that this was considered a barbaric practice.
For more Gruesome History why not visit The Clink Prison Museum, located along the #Southbank on Clink Street.

In today's society we do not use torture as a means of punishment, as history progressed torture became less prolific, it was only 100 years or so ago that this was considered a barbaric practice.
For more Gruesome History why not visit The Clink Prison Museum, located along the #Southbank on Clink Street.

A type of shackle, the ball and chain is designed so that the weight of the iron ball at the end of the short chain rest...
31/05/2021

A type of shackle, the ball and chain is designed so that the weight of the iron ball at the end of the short chain restricts and limits the pace at which its wearer is able to move, making any attempt at escape much more difficult.
For more Gruesome History why not visit The Clink Prison Museum! You can find us just round the corner from Borough Market!

A type of shackle, the ball and chain is designed so that the weight of the iron ball at the end of the short chain restricts and limits the pace at which its wearer is able to move, making any attempt at escape much more difficult.
For more Gruesome History why not visit The Clink Prison Museum! You can find us just round the corner from Borough Market!

Looking for something to do this half term? Why not head to the Clink prison museum! Discover what it was like to be imp...
30/05/2021

Looking for something to do this half term? Why not head to the Clink prison museum! Discover what it was like to be imprisoned 800 years ago, learn about the famous inhabitants of the Clink and even get hands on with our medieval torture equipment! Find us on Clink Street, Southbank.

Looking for something to do this half term? Why not head to the Clink prison museum! Discover what it was like to be imprisoned 800 years ago, learn about the famous inhabitants of the Clink and even get hands on with our medieval torture equipment! Find us on Clink Street, Southbank.

The Clinks most famous prisoner was probably Thomas Wyatt (he is mush less famous now then he was then), who had led a r...
25/05/2021

The Clinks most famous prisoner was probably Thomas Wyatt (he is mush less famous now then he was then), who had led a rebellion against Queen Mary I when she announced her intention to marry the Spanish King Phillip II.
When Wyatt's rebellion failed he was arrested and held in The Clink until he was moved to the Tower where he was condemned to death. He was hanged, drawn and quartered - one of his quarters was displayed on the side of Old Kent road - on the site of Tesco (but not in the meat section).

The Clinks most famous prisoner was probably Thomas Wyatt (he is mush less famous now then he was then), who had led a rebellion against Queen Mary I when she announced her intention to marry the Spanish King Phillip II.
When Wyatt's rebellion failed he was arrested and held in The Clink until he was moved to the Tower where he was condemned to death. He was hanged, drawn and quartered - one of his quarters was displayed on the side of Old Kent road - on the site of Tesco (but not in the meat section).

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term?? We have lots of information about medieval t...
22/05/2021

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term??
We have lots of information about medieval torture, treason and imprisonment at the Clink!
Want to come in a group of 10 or more? Book a self-guided tour and bring the sinister side of London's history to life.
Email [email protected] for details

Are you or someone you know learning about crime and punishment this term??
We have lots of information about medieval torture, treason and imprisonment at the Clink!
Want to come in a group of 10 or more? Book a self-guided tour and bring the sinister side of London's history to life.
Email [email protected] for details

A lot of Bamboo plantation was present in earlier China. This Bamboo used to grow at high speed, with growth upto 3 feet...
21/05/2021

A lot of Bamboo plantation was present in earlier China. This Bamboo used to grow at high speed, with growth upto 3 feet in a day. In such a scenario, the torturers would cut the Bamboo in a patch closest to the roots, thus forming a patch of Bamboo tips. They would then suspend the victim horizontally on the path. As a result the speed with which the Bamboo grew, it would grow right through the victim’s body. Thus causing a slow, painful and a conscious death.

A lot of Bamboo plantation was present in earlier China. This Bamboo used to grow at high speed, with growth upto 3 feet in a day. In such a scenario, the torturers would cut the Bamboo in a patch closest to the roots, thus forming a patch of Bamboo tips. They would then suspend the victim horizontally on the path. As a result the speed with which the Bamboo grew, it would grow right through the victim’s body. Thus causing a slow, painful and a conscious death.

WE ARE OPEN!!!If you're walking along the #southbank or just looking for something to do now #lockdown has eased then po...
18/05/2021

WE ARE OPEN!!!
If you're walking along the #southbank or just looking for something to do now #lockdown has eased then pop by.
We are just a 5 minute walk from #londonbridge, #globetheatre and #tatemodern on Clink street.

WE ARE OPEN!!!
If you're walking along the #southbank or just looking for something to do now #lockdown has eased then pop by.
We are just a 5 minute walk from #londonbridge, #globetheatre and #tatemodern on Clink street.

1 DAY until you can visit us at The Clink Prison Museum. We can't wait to see you!! 👀
16/05/2021

1 DAY until you can visit us at The Clink Prison Museum. We can't wait to see you!! 👀

1 DAY until you can visit us at The Clink Prison Museum. We can't wait to see you!! 👀

3 DAYS until you can explore our mystery coffin! What's inside? ⚰️
14/05/2021

3 DAYS until you can explore our mystery coffin! What's inside? ⚰️

3 DAYS until you can explore our mystery coffin! What's inside? ⚰️

5 DAYS until you can take a prison photo behind bars in our jail cell! 👻
12/05/2021

5 DAYS until you can take a prison photo behind bars in our jail cell! 👻

5 DAYS until you can take a prison photo behind bars in our jail cell! 👻

7 DAYS until you can torture your friends in our torture chamber. 💀
10/05/2021

7 DAYS until you can torture your friends in our torture chamber. 💀

7 DAYS until you can torture your friends in our torture chamber. 💀

THE CLINK PRISON MUSEUM IS RE-OPENING ON THE 17th MAY!We are incredibly pleased to announce that from Monday (17/05) The...
09/05/2021

THE CLINK PRISON MUSEUM IS RE-OPENING ON THE 17th MAY!

We are incredibly pleased to announce that from Monday (17/05) The Clink Museum will be OPEN to all our amazing visitors once again!!

It has been an incredibly challenging period for everyone but we are ecstatic to be welcoming you into The Clink once again to explore our fascinating local history.

Be assured that we are following all necessary government guidelines and will be doing our utmost to ensure that every single one of our visitors and staff are kept safe.

This is incredibly exciting news but we know that the impact of Covid-19 is not over yet and this is just the first step for our small independent family business.

We may be a prison museum but we are no longer under ‘lock and key’- come and escape the unusual times we are living through and immerse yourself in London’s gruesome past with us from Monday 17th May! We would LOVE to welcome you in!
#savetheclink #visitus #thankyou South Bank #london See less

THE CLINK PRISON MUSEUM IS RE-OPENING ON THE 17th MAY!

We are incredibly pleased to announce that from Monday (17/05) The Clink Museum will be OPEN to all our amazing visitors once again!!

It has been an incredibly challenging period for everyone but we are ecstatic to be welcoming you into The Clink once again to explore our fascinating local history.

Be assured that we are following all necessary government guidelines and will be doing our utmost to ensure that every single one of our visitors and staff are kept safe.

This is incredibly exciting news but we know that the impact of Covid-19 is not over yet and this is just the first step for our small independent family business.

We may be a prison museum but we are no longer under ‘lock and key’- come and escape the unusual times we are living through and immerse yourself in London’s gruesome past with us from Monday 17th May! We would LOVE to welcome you in!
#savetheclink #visitus #thankyou South Bank #london See less

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1 Clink Street
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SE1 9DG

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 7:30pm

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In 1841 my GGGG Grandfather was a jailer at Westminister Prison any idea's where I could get more information of this please his name was Jospeh Paul Kirkham 1810-1866 lived in the parish of St Phillips x
I always wondered why my dad would say: "They will probably throw him in the Clink". And he never left Montana. I'm a medieval addict and so now I know. I very seldom here about the Clink in my reading.
Do we have to book or can we just turn up?
On Friday, I went for a walk from St George's Fields to the Borough High Street - there's some amazing history all over that area - prisons, pubs, poets - it's fantastic! (Which is why it's taken me three days to caption them all!)
Following on from last week's little excursion around the city walls, this weekend I decided on a little walk around The Liberty of The Clink.
The other day, fresh from a lovely morning's work at The Clink, preparing for the day that we can re-open, I went for a little walk round Medieval London with my camera. Some people might think Medieval London isn't there any more; but it is...
I was posed a Clink Street puzzle today: What follows the burst of gunfire on Clink Street? The answer is two words, four letters each, and one of them is a colour. It took me a little while to make a guess; then I checked it online just to make sure. What do you think?
Hi we are coming Tuesday can we have the cost 4 adults one child please is it cheaper to book in advance ?
The 2019 Sing Sing Prison Calendars are in just in time for the holidays and a happy New Year! This limited print edition includes never before seen photographs of the most historic and still active prison in America! This year's calendar is filled with 14 eloquently archived black & white and contemporary color historical images of the most famous prison Up The River! Along with the iconic imagery, a special written history of Sing Sing is featured on the back cover. This year's front cover is graced with Cardinal Dolan, who came to the Big House to bless the inmates who received communion back in March. To order please send a private message here or by email - [email protected] Have a healthy holiday and happy new year from our Sing Sing family to yours!
Any chance you could vote for this? 🙂 Please sign and forward to ten friends! Let’s make it go viral 💕 This is a project to spread mindfulness in prisons. https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-1561 Many thanks🙏
The clink is awesome. I had a great visit today. Allow enough time to soak in all the interesting facts and displays.
Scary to think what our ancestors got up to...very informative