Virtual event via Zoom Stories of Oxford Castle: from dungeon to dunghill with Mark Davies - Tuesday 23 March, 5pm (virtual talk)
'Stories of Oxford Castle: from dungeon to dunghill' with auhor and local historian, Mark Davies
The 17th- and 18th-century history of Oxford Castle told through the exploits of some of its more colourful prisoners – whether devious, daring, or deluded. From the Civil War onwards, these tales of hard labour, transportation, escape, and execution reveal the extremes of human depravity and ingenuity – not forgetting the gaolers! Most striking among the latter is Daniel ‘Damnable’ Harris (c.1761–1840), a skilled engineer, builder, architect, and artist, whose use of convict labour on the Thames, the Oxford Canal and within the prison itself epitomised a more enlightened approach to the treatment of prisoners in general.
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