Category Archives: 1853-1869

The Exercise Yard

The journalist Henry Mayhew visited Brixton in the 1850s, when the prison was reserved for convict women.  He wrote this about the exercise (then known as ‘airing’) yards: The airing yards at this prison have little of the bare gravel … Continue reading

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The Chapel

The end of the policy of transportation in the 1850s presented a conundrum – what to do with long-term prisoners.  This included a thousand or so women. In 1852 the government made a compulsory purchase of Brixton.  It was to … Continue reading

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Travellers

A prisons inspectorate report published this week suggests 5% of the prison population is from the travelling community – compared with 0.1% of the general population. Travellers face their own particular challenges on the inside.  Contact with family and friends … Continue reading

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