The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3Allen, Thomas
The front of this prison is of rustic work, and consists of a centre and wings slightly marked, each finished with a pediment. The
|origin of this prison is enveloped in obscurity. Prisoners were not admitted here until . It is now appropriated to debtors, felons, and other offenders.|
At the east end of is , an irregular and formerly very inconvenient avenue into the city from the north western parts of the metropolis; but the erection of a new street, in a direct line from the bottom of the hill to the end of the , has removed the inconvenience, and added greatly to the beauty of this part of the city. It is named , in honour of alderman Skinner, who was an active member of the committee for improving the entrances into the city at Temple-bar and .