There was a need for a gaol in Kingston to confine felons during the Assizes and Quarter Sessions.  The Stockhouse, the responsibility of Kingston Corporation, was used for this purpose until around 1801.  Then, until 1855 part of the House of Correction, for which the County of Surrey was responsible, was used to confine felons for trial.   A purpose-built House of Detention, adjacent to the Assize Courts, was then established by Kingston Corporation.  This was last used to confine felons at the Midsummer Quarter Sessions held on 1 July 1890.

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David A. Kennedy, PhD

About 20 years ago, I accompanied my late wife to some talks on the use of computers in historical research and began to help her with her genealogical studies. Later, I took part in a project, organised by the Centre for Local History Studies at Kingston University, to digitise the Enumerators’ Books for the Kingston Census of 1851-1891. This rekindled my interest in history, especially that of Kingston upon Thames, where I live. This website has been set up so that I can share my research findings, some based on digitised material, with others who may be interested in them.

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