Warwick Debtor’s Prison and York Castle prison (pictured) both contained debtors. We are given a glimpse into the conditions extant in York castle prison during the mid-seventeenth century from a letter drafted in 1642 from a citizen of the town to a Justice of Assize. The author notes that prisoners are only subsisting through, “the charity of well disposed persons.”
 See Neild, J, Account of Persons confined for Debt, in the various prisons of England and Wales, ... with their provisionary allowance during confinement; as reported to the Society for the discharge and relief of small Debtors. London, 1800, at page 514. See also: Warwickshire County Record Office, Ref. CR 1291/634/1-2 – date 1695/1696 – Writ summoning Henry Greswold clerk to appear at Quarter Sessions as a creditor of Edward Hill a debtor in Warwick gaol, 1696.
 Barrett, A & Harrison, C (Eds). Crime and Punishment in England – a sourcebook. UCL Press, 1999, page 131-132.
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