Prison Hulk--"It was normal for prisoners under sentence of transportation to spend the first part of their sentence in the prison where they had awaited trial, usually in solitary confinement....In the early 19th century, most prisoners awaiting transportation were sent to the 'hulks' in London before being assigned to a convict ship and leaving England."

Prison Hulk--"It was normal for prisoners under sentence of transportation to…

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

Brixton Prison Interior, Brixton Hill 1902

Brixton Prison Interior, Brixton Hill 1902 I used to work here!

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. keep on running, the results will show.

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Brief essays on each poem of Emily Dickinson, written in chronological order on a daily basis. An ongoing project!

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Two executions from 1817 (illustration: hanging outside Newgate Prison)


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