London Landmarks & Attractions
Clink Street, SE1
For centuries, the London borough of Southwark was in the Diocese of Winchester. As such, it fell outside the jurisdiction of London and became a safe haven for all sorts of "illicit" activities including bear-baiting and prostitution. The Clink Prison was owned by the Winchester Bishops and was used for the incarceration of religious offenders, debtors and other malefactors. The "Clink" as it has come to be called, burned down in the Gordon Riots of 1780, but the Clink Museum, located in an old warehouse basement, is there to paint a realistic picture of prison "life" in the middle ages.