HOBS: Provincial Debtors' Prisons: Chesterfield

The lamentable condition of the late seventeenth century debtors’ gaol in Chesterfield is not, Pitt’s correspondent hopes, reflected in any other gaol in England.[1] As with other debtors’ gaols described, no sustenance or provisions were provided for the inmates, who would otherwise be left to starve by the Town and gaoler. Debtor inmates coming into the gaol from other counties would be ‘clapt’.[2]

[1] Pitt page 13.

[2] Ibid.