Watercolor

Old Jail - Islington

Mid to late 19th Century / Sarah Haven Foster (1827-1900)

VP018_OldJail_Islington_6in.jpg


Excerpted from The Portsmouth Guide Book, 1896, by Sarah Haven Foster...

"The first jail in Portsmouth was built in 1699 on Congress street, near the entrance of Fleet street, on the glebe land, but the exact spot is not known. It was a strong log house, 30 by 14 ft. square. In 1759 another was built on the southern corner of Warren and Chestnut streets, constructed of oak timber hewn square and covered with iron bars, and lined with plank. This stronghold was burnt in the fire of 1781, when Woodbury Langdon’s house was destroyed. The flames from the burning jail were so intensely hot that the firemen could only work a few minutes at a time while engaged in saving Col. Whipple’s house. In 1782 the old wooden jail on Islington street was built, and fifty years later the stone jail adjoining it. Both buildings were used until the new jail on State street was built, which was first used in 1891."

~ Sarah Haven Foster (1827-1900), “Old Jail - Islington,” Portsmouth Public Library's Online Archives, accessed November 18, 2017, http://portsmouthexhibits.org/items/show/858.

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Old Jail - Islington

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Excerpted from The Portsmouth Guide Book, 1896, by Sarah Haven Foster...

"The first jail in Portsmouth was built in 1699 on Congress street, near the entrance of Fleet street, on the glebe land, but the exact spot is not known. It was a strong log house, 30 by 14 ft. square. In 1759 another was built on the southern corner of Warren and Chestnut streets, constructed of oak timber hewn square and covered with iron bars, and lined with plank. This stronghold was burnt in the fire of 1781, when Woodbury Langdon’s house was destroyed. The flames from the burning jail were so intensely hot that the firemen could only work a few minutes at a time while engaged in saving Col. Whipple’s house. In 1782 the old wooden jail on Islington street was built, and fifty years later the stone jail adjoining it. Both buildings were used until the new jail on State street was built, which was first used in 1891."

Creator

Sarah Haven Foster (1827-1900)

Source

Portsmouth Public Library, Art and Artifact Collection

Date

Mid to late 19th Century

Contributor

Special Collections, Portsmouth Public Library

Format

JPG, derived from TFF

Type

Watercolor

Identifier

Views of Portsmouth 18

Watercolor Item Type Metadata

Inscription Title

Old jail Islington St., 1782

PPL Accession #

1989.60.18

Provenance

Gift of Mary A. Foster, 1901