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Report - Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast


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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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