Bambridge became warden of the Fleet in 1728. He had paid, with another person, £5000 to John Huggins for the wardenship. He was found guilty of extortion, and, according to a committee of the House of Commons appointed to inquire into the state of English gaols, arbitrarily and unlawfully loaded with irons, put into dungeons, and destroyed prisoners for debt, treating them in the most barbarous and cruel manner, in violation of the law. He was committed to Newgate Prison, and an act was passed to prevent his enjoying the office of warden.
- The prisoner in irons is thought to be the Portuguese Jacob Mendez Solas, the first prisoner to be jailed for debt in the Fleet wearing double irons. See The Gaols Committee of the House of Commons, National Portrait Gallery accessed 13 September 2009.
- Hanham, A. A. "Bambridge, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/1255. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Ungovernable" prisoners: Fleet Prison during the 1720s
- This Day in Georgia History: 27 February 1729
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