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La Conciergerie is a former royal palace and prison in Paris, France. Located on the west of the Île de la Cité, near the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. It is part of the larger complex known as the Palais de Justice, which is still used for judicial purposes. Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from La Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.

La Conciergerie

An interesting lit spiral stone staircase in the main hall of La Conciergerie in Paris, France.

Inner courtyard of Newgate Prison, c.1895.

Inner courtyard of Newgate Prison, c.1895

Inner courtyard of Newgate Prison, c.1895 by . Museum quality art prints with a selection of frame and size options, and canvases. Museum of London

Women prisoners being discharged from Duke Street Prison in 1909. The prison held convicted women prisoners from across the central belt of Scotland during the first half of the 20th century.

TheGlasgowStory

TheGlasgowStory tells the story of Glasgow in words and pictures, told by some of Scotland's best writers, and illustrated with thousands of images from the collections of the city's world-famous libraries, museums and universities. From football to fashions, Auchenshuggle to Yoker, you'll find it all here.

A suffragette at Holloway prison in 1913

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There are very few photos of Newgate prison on the net. The most commonly reproduced ones come from a late Victorian book, Queen’s London, Anon, Cassell, 1897. But three of the most striking an

A Grim View Inside Newgate Prison in the 1890s

There are very few photos of Newgate prison on the net. The most commonly reproduced ones come from a late Victorian book, Queen’s London, Anon, Cassell, 1897. But three of the most striking an

The old Nottingham prison on St John's Street (now called Lower Parliament Street). It was located at the east corner of Glasshouse Street and King Edward Street.

The old Nottingham prison on St John's Street (now called Lower Parliament Street). It was located at the east corner of Glasshouse Street and King Edward Street.

Duke Street Prison, 1955

TheGlasgowStory

TheGlasgowStory tells the story of Glasgow in words and pictures, told by some of Scotland's best writers, and illustrated with thousands of images from the collections of the city's world-famous libraries, museums and universities. From football to fashions, Auchenshuggle to Yoker, you'll find it all here.

The Laundry at Pentonville Prison London Pentonville Prison was constructed in 1840-1842

1900 London Pictures and Photos

View and license 1900 London pictures & news photos from Getty Images.

'graveyard' at Newgate Prison. Essentially a passage between the Gaol and the Old Bailey. Only prisoners from North of the River were hanged at Newgate, prisoners from South of the River were hanged at Wandsworth Gaol unless otherwise ordered by the Authorities.

A Grim View Inside Newgate Prison in the 1890s

There are very few photos of Newgate prison on the net. The most commonly reproduced ones come from a late Victorian book, Queen’s London, Anon, Cassell, 1897. But three of the most striking an

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.

A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England

Here's a short and sweet post for Christmas. We all know that many of the Christmas traditions we keep today, such as the Christmas tree, pulling crackers and sending Christmas cards, originated in the Victorian era. But did you also know that even back in the 19th century, newspapers and magazines were stuffed full with unoriginal, hackneyed articles at this time of year? Paper lace card, 1860s. Copyright Michelle Higgs In January 1884, Punch alluded to this in a piece entitled Unhackneyed…