A Cell in Newgate Prison

Victorian prison cell in Newgate, We can see the water tank and basin with bedding in the corner. The shelf includes items such as a Bible, plate and a mug

There was a shortage of prison accommodation in the Victorian era, so long-term prisoners were transferred to provincial prisons, or to the dreaded hulks. The hulks were decommissioned warships anchored in the mud off Woolwich. They were dark, damp and verminous and few prisoners managed to escape. This is a cross-section of a hulk called the Defence, published in Henry Mayhew’s The Criminal Prisons of London, in 1862.

The hulks were decommissioned warships anchored in the mud off Woolwich. This is a cross-section of a hulk called the Defence, published in Henry Mayhew’s The Criminal Prisons of London, in

1895 Prisoners on a treadmill at Pentonville Prison

the original treadmill was a punishment in the victorian-era england. nowadays, still a punishment for those extra calories.

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