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Wandsworth Prison / Letter

Built in 1851 and originally called the Surrey House of Correction. The inmates writing letters

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1851 Called Correction Inmates L Aw Letter Letters Originally Prison Prisons Surrey Wandsworth


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This print captures a glimpse into the past at Wandsworth Prison, originally known as the Surrey House of Correction when it was built in 1851. The image showcases inmates engaged in the act of writing letters, offering a poignant reminder of the human stories that unfolded within its walls. The historical significance of this scene is palpable, as we are transported back to a time when communication was limited and precious for those incarcerated. The act of writing letters would have been a lifeline for many inmates, providing a connection to loved ones outside the prison walls. As we reflect on this snapshot from 1900s Britain, we are reminded of the harsh realities faced by those who found themselves behind bars during this era. Wandsworth Prison served as a place where punishment and rehabilitation intersected, shaping the lives of countless individuals who passed through its gates. Through this print from Mary Evans Picture Library, we are invited to contemplate not only the physical structure of Wandsworth Prison but also the emotional and psychological impact it had on those within. It serves as a powerful testament to our shared history and offers an opportunity for reflection on how far we have come in our approach to justice and incarceration.

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