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From: "Heather, Chris" <>
Subject: Re: [PRISONS-UK] Gillingham prison Kent
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:42:17 +0100

Hi Lisa

The National Archives in Kew has lots of collections concerning prisons and prisoners covering England and Wales, most of which are NOT searchable online. Take a look at these:

You can either visit them to do you own research, or hire a researcher to do it for you. They have lists of researchers here:

If you want the staff to undertake a brief search they can do so for you (for a fee):

I hope this is helpful.

Chris Heather

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[mailto:]On Behalf Of Sharon Floate
Sent: 16 April 2008 14:05
Subject: Re: [PRISONS-UK] Gillingham prison Kent

Hi Lisa

You might try doing an online search for Chatham Prison instead, as the
building was on the border between the two towns and so was probably known
by both names. It was on St Mary's Island, if that helps, close to Chatham

There's a brief description and map here:

Who grew up in Gillingham

Hi all,
> I'm new to the list and I'm hoping someone can help solve my latest
> family mystery.
> I've found a relative in the 1871 census listed as a convict at the
> District Male Convict Prison, Gillingham. I'm curious to know how he
> ended up there! Does anyone know how I'd go about finding out?
> I've been in touch with the local history society in the area. They've
> told me to try the National Archives but I can't find anything on their
> online database. Any ideas?
> I'd also be interested in finding out about the prison itself
> (conditions, history etc) but can't find much about it online.
> Thanks for your help.
> Lisa
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