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Report - Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by BillAnd, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. BillAnd

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    More pics from my work in the jail, and a bit of history too

    1841 - Designed by Sir Charle Lanyon (based on Pentonville Prison)
    1843-45 - Built from Black Basalt from the Belfast Hills and sandstone from Sotland
    1846 - first prisoners housed
    1849 - 50 additional building work including boundary railings, and the tunnel to the courthouse. It is thought that the term 'going down' originated from here.
    1850 - Courthouse completed
    1854 - first execution
    1858 - laundry block built
    1898 - hospital block built
    1901 - new execution chamber used for first time
    1914 - Suffragettes inprisonned
    1924 - Eamon de Valera held in solitary for a month having illegally entered Northern Ireland
    1927 - 4 prisoners escape, staff cottages built
    1934 - padded cell built in B Wing
    1941 - 5 prisoners escape
    1942 - part of west wall damaged during air raid
    1943 - 4 prisoners escape
    1959 - concert hall and gym built
    1960 - 1 prisoner escapes
    1961 - last execution by hanging
    1971 - 9 prisoners escape
    1972 - 3 prisoners escape
    1981 - 1 prisoner escapes
    1991 - bomb blast in dining hall kills 2 prisoners
    1996 - doors close on 31 March as a facility for prisoners.

    Managed to return for a further days work with the film crew, and as per usual I slip out the side door and take my camera for a wander.

    Aerial view of Courthouse, Jail (before demolition of work shops) and Girdwood Army Barracks

    Inside the Laundry - untouched by development as yet



    Prison issue shirts

    Strange sign for a prison!

    C Wing - prepped for tourists


    top tier B Wing

    Special Unit /Assessment Unit - top tier B Wing

    Upwards to top B Wing

    Eck! key cabinet




    Room with a view

    Future plans for this site

    A & B Wings - a hotel !
    C & D Wings - Museum of Confinement
    and large investment in redevelopment of the now flattened Barracks and surrounding areas

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