Spiral staircase at La Conciergerie, Paris. Former royal palace and prison in on the Île de la Cité, it is part of the larger complex known as the Palais de Justice. Built in the Middle Ages as a Merovingian Palace.
By the late nineteenth century, Holloway Prison was a 'trial' prison for men suspected of having committed a criminal offence. It also held convicted female prisoners and women awaiting trial. As a result, the male and female sections of the prison were very different. For the men, there was no hard labour and they wore their own clothes, not prison uniforms.