Abbott’s Priory n.
the King’s Bench prison; thus Abbott’s teeth, the spikes that topped the prison wall.
|Real Life in London I 377: Persons who know no more of law than what they have learned in Abbot’s Park*, or on board the Fleet* [*Abbot’s Park—The King’s Bench; *On Board the Fleet—The Fleet Prison]. [Ibid.] 550: They can uninterruptedly make up their minds whether to give bail, put in appearance and defend the suit, or take a trip to Abbott’s Priory.|
|Every Night Book 52: If the amateur of heavy wet should call upon some luckless wight in Abbott’s Priory [...] we recommend him [...] to take beer at the Brace.|
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 284: We content ourselves with the variety of sports catered for our amusement at ‘Tenterden Park Races!’* [*Formerly denominated Abbott’s Priory].|
|Satirist (London) 11 Nov. 365/4: For ‘Banco Regis,’ ‘Abbott’s Priory’—Den! / Has oft been cramm’d by that same Tenterden.|
|Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 25 Feb. 3/2: For though oft he has dodged, / He’s now safely lodged / in Abbott’s Priory.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|