The Clink was a prison in Southwark, which operated from the 12th century until 1780. The prison served a local manor area owned by the Bishop of Winchester. The Bishop kept all could put people in prison for failing to make their payments. He could also imprison heretics. The Clink was possibly the oldest men's prison and probably the oldest women's prison in England.
In 1592, Henry Barrowe and John Greenwood were released from The Clink, founded the Independent Church. They returned to The Clink in 1593 and were then hung at Tyburn. The Independent Church congregation eventually sailed to America on the Mayflower.