Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Prisons"

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Prisons. — (For particulars of each prison, see under special heads.) The prisons and sessions houses of London are known by the following cant names: Central Criminal Court as “The Start” the Old Bailey as “The Gate” Sessions House, Clerkenwell, as “X’s Hall”; House of Correction, Clerkenwell, as “The Steel”, House of Detention, Clerkenwell as “The Tench;” Surrey Sessions House as “The Slaughter House.” The convict and other prisons commonly called “Jugs.”

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879