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New Prison in Clerkenwell?


This delightfully bizarre venue is hosting an international design exhibition showcasing some of the most exciting contemporary talent. The programme is undecided as yet but the organizers assure us “The nature of the space will ensure the product is presented in new and exciting ways and will act as a canvas for site-specific installations.”

The New Prison of 1616, by the mid-19th century became the Clerkenwell House of Detention, used as a holding prison for those awaiting trial. An estimated 10,000 people a year passed through its gates and its seriously reputed to be haunted by amongst others, a little girl who was imprisoned here, and many have heard her whimpering.

Though demolished in 1890, to be replaced by the former Hugh Myddleton School (now Kingsway Place lofts and offices), an entire underground section has survived, accessed through a small door through the old school wall in Clerkenwell Close.

It’s worth the trip just to see the venue, so be a prison visitor between 24-26 May, thanks to Clerkenwell Design Week, but no whimpering please, it disturbs the natives!

Clerkenwell Design Week

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