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Record 1967

Reading Experience:

Witness statements in trial for murder: William Lee: "I am a prisoner in the New prison, Clerkenwell, charged with felony... On Saturday, there was a talk about clubbing for a newspaper; he said he would not be one; but we joined, and had a paper between us -I was present after chapel; the prisoner [Birmingham] was lying on the bed; Arundel came running up with the paper, and said, 'Birmingham, here is your case in the paper, I will read it to you'..." Samuel Arundel: "I come from the New Prison, Clerkenwell... on Sunday morning, the 17th, he [Birmingham] was lying on the bed, when the newspaper was brought it -having it in my hand, I offered to read the article respecting the Kensington murder; he seemed not at all willing, but rather rejected it -I began to read, and after reading a few lines a stranger entered the room; Birmingham at that moment became alarmed..."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 17 May 1829
Country: England
Time: morning: morning, after chapel
Place: city: London
specific address: New Prison, Clerkenwell
other location: prison, in the cells
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Samuel Arundel
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: prisoner
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Other prisoners who clubbed together for the paper, including Thomas Birmingham
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: n/a
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 1967  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, 1 August 2006), 11 June 1829, Trial of Thomas Birmingham (t18290611-45),

Citation: Old Bailey Proceedings Online (, 1 August 2006), 11 June 1829, Trial of Thomas Birmingham (t18290611-45),, accessed: 27 January 2023

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