FBC-Elvas, Portugal wrote:Thanks Keith for the interesting report back. I hadn't realised the close connection of the prison to the Admiralty.
And thanks too Paul for the link to the Peterborough Museum. The intricate, useful instruments and furniture made of bone and straw are quite impressive.
I should have realised. Ive read so many times that the Admiralty were responsible for POWs that I forgot.
When Norman Cross was built, the responsibility lay with the "Transport Board". They had taken over responsibility for POWs from the"Sick and Hurt Board".
The two boards mentioned were part of a wider structure which saw boards with specific responsibility report to the Navy Board.
The Navy Board reported to the Admiralty.
18th century organisational structures eh?