On this day: the Battle of Corunna

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The death of Sir John Moore X

Part of the Peninsula War (1807-14), the Battle of Corunna took place in Spain on the 16th of January, 1809.

Fought in Galicia, the battle was between the United Kingdom and France, and concluded with a British victory. However, the battle also paved the way for French occupation of other areas.

The British lost 900 men; the French lost between 600 and 700.

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Amongst the British dead was Sir John Moore, who was reassured of his victory before he died.

Newgate Prison in 1800

A map of  London’s notorious Newgate Prison from 1800, with separate courtyards for debtors, men felons and women felons. Newgate was closed in 1902 and demolished in 1904.

Map of Newgate Prison from 1800, with separate courtyards for debtors, men felons and women felons.