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Report - H15 Prison, France - April 2016

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by BrainL, May 1, 2016.

  1. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
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    The Explore
    This place has been top of my list of places I'd wanted to see ever since I started this hobby. Glad to have finally seen but it was a very strange place to visit, combination of the horror stories about the gypsy camp outside and the general feel of being in a prison made it a real weird one but enjoyed it none the less.

    The place has been thoroughly trashed over the years but for some reason it kind of added to the feel of the place for me, kind of looked like a riot had broken out and all the inmates had escaped :)

    The History
    Prison H15 is an abandoned prison in France. Built using sandstone and brick, the prison could house almost 1500 inmates. The site has an interesting and varied history.

    A Cistercian monastery was built in the early 1200's on the site on which the prison now stands. During the French revolution the building was nationalised and the monks were expelled. The site has been used a prison since the beginning of the nineteenth century.

    Huge expansion of the site was planned for 1812, to convert the monastery into a workhouse for the poor and infirm. There were many delays and work did not begin until 1817, designed to accommodate 400 individuals of both sexes, and divided into four separate sections. At the time there was a lack of prisons in the area and sentences were being cut short due to overcrowding. Shortly after construction of the workhouse had commenced, the Interior Minister ordered the work be stopped, and a detention centre be built instead.

    The plans were amended and construction of the central house resumed until 1822 when the first prisoners were received. The building could house up to 500 prisoners, one half reserved for corrections and the other half for criminals.

    Refurbishment works took place alongside the construction of further dormitories, increasing the prisons population to 965 men and 532 women. A further prison was built on adjoining land to house female prisons and the original was used as a male-only prison from then onwards.

    Facing a change in penitentiary systems the prison closed in 2011. The site has since seen a rapid demise as decay starts to set in and the buildings have been raided for scrap.













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  2. Choo Choo m8ty

    Choo Choo m8ty Mr Reality Hacker
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    Sep 29, 2014
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    Really want to see this for myself. Glad you got to see it . Good stuff m8ty and thanks for the Post
  3. Lavino

    Lavino 28ÐŁ ƦEGUŁλƦ U$EƦ
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    Dec 1, 2014
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    Good set there Brian ..
  4. Lil'Legs

    Lil'Legs 28DL Full Member
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    Apr 2, 2016
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    Great post and some really nice pics. Do need to get to France for a lil explore
  5. Camera Shy

    Camera Shy Old enough to know better
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    Nov 14, 2011
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    Was excellent this back in the day, looking very sorry for itself these days, still good to see a prison in person though .
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  6. Darentoot

    Darentoot 28DL Full Member
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    Copy n pasted from my comment on other threads....

    Nov. 2016 I was there and all gone , only the woman's side still there but al access through the walls covered by bricks from the demolished male side.
    I was 2 wks late in getting there, oh well.
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