Brixton For Sale

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 22.05.39In 1852, overcrowded and delapidated, Brixton prison was put up for sale.  It would be replaced as the Surrey house of correction by a new prison in Wandsworth.

The buildings were sold late in the summer.  But it was to have a stay of execution.  The end of transportation meant there was suddenly a surfeit of convicts.

The government made a compulsory purchase of the site.  In 1853 Brixton reopened as the first national prison for women.

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