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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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A Mother on the Treadmill – the Case of Elizabeth Loder

Nothing quite polarised debate in the 1820s like the newly devised treadmill.  From the public house to parliament those who decried its inhumanity locked horns with those who believed it a magic bullet for an apparent increase in crime.  One … Continue reading

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