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Report - Latchemere Prison, Surrey, Nov 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Bill1991, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. Bill1991

    Bill1991 28DL Full Member
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    I was lucky enough to join @kkj and @carcrazy to visit Latchmere prison recently, this was a night explore so had to rely on flash as decided against taking tripod as thought would slow down if needed to get out quick. The site is fairly big with plenty to look at, my pictures do not do this place justice!

    for anyone looking to visit this site know that there is definitely 24/7 on site security on the grounds! so if visiting at night minimum light would be ideal, from what i could gather the place is in the process of being demolished, a few buildings have demo written on them and rooms containing asbestos have been sectioned off, there was also diggers on site. I would imagine the place is busy during the day but no doubt we will soon find out.

    Ok so onto report a brief history then my pics.

    History

    Originally built in the 19th century as a private dwelling, during the First World War (1914-1918) Latchmere House was used by the Ministry of Defence as a hospital for treating officers suffering from "shell shock".

    During the Second world war Latchmere House was used as a detention and interrogation centre (known as Camp 020) for enemy agents captured by MI5. Many members of the British Union of Fascists were held at Latchmere House during this period.[2] They included the environmental pioneer Jorian Jenks.

    In 2012 the Daily Mail revealed that Britain had used torture methods at Latchmere House to extract information from German prisoners of war and that 30 rooms there had been turned into cells with hidden microphones.

    Latchmere House Prison

    Latchmere House was transferred to Her Majesty's Prison Service in 1948. It was used as a Young Offenders Institution, remand centre, and a deportees prison before becoming a Category D men's resettlement prison in 1992.

    In December 2003 a report from Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons praised Latchmere House for its rehabilitation centre, employment opportunities for inmates, and the good relationships between staff and prisoners, but noted that the prison could do more to prepare prisoners for release and that it sometimes did not quickly employ new arrivals, who might for several months be under-occupied.

    According to the August 2004 Prison Service Annual Report, Latchmere House's average prisoner was spending 57.6 hours every week in "purposeful activity", which made the prison "best in the country at providing useful work for its inmates.” The prison also did well at staff race equality and in educating its prisoners, but was not so successful at resettling prisoners or preventing drug use.

    In September 2011 the Ministry of Justice closed the prison at Latchmere House and transferred remaining inmates to other prisons. The closure formed part of wider-ranging cost saving plans by the ministry.

    Latchmere House Today

    Latchmere House was sold by the Ministry of Justice to Berkeley Homes in 2013. The building constitutes prime real estate overlooking Ham Common, and is expected to redeveloped as housing with community facilities.

    Richmond London Borough Council applied for the main Victorian wing of the building to be listed as a site of special Architectural or Historic Interest but English Heritage subsequently completed an assessment of the house and concluded that the property was not suitable for listed building status. However, Latchmere House has been designated by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames as a ‘Building of Townscape Merit’. Both Richmond and Kingston councils have published a planning brief for the site, and development is expected to start in 2014. However, the main house and its surrounds are within the Ham Common Conservation Area, and the planning brief seeks the retention of the house and related outbuildings and the enhancement of its setting. The cell blocks will be demolished if planning permission is granted.


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  2. BoroLad

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    Good attempt :)
     
  3. Speed

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    Totally missed this. Top stuff!
     
  4. Session9

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    Very nice, good work!
     
  5. savagescxm

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    Does anyone know if this building is still in tact?
    Fantastic pictures, I always seem to prefer night shots with flash, gives a more eerie feel to it
     
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