Prison sights in England
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Serving a number of courts in South London, Brixton Prison started life as the Brixton House of Correction in 1819 and has done time as everything from a jail for women to a military prison. It now houses a mixture of remand and sentenced prisoners.
Oxford Castle Unlocked explores the 1000-year history of Oxford’s castle and prison. Your entertaining costumed guide begins the tour in the 11th-century Crypt of St George’s Chapel, possibly the first formal teaching venue in Oxford, and continues into the Victorian prison cells and the 18th-century Debtors’ Tower, where you learn about the inmates’ grisly lives, daring escapes and cruel punishments. The tour also takes you up the Saxon St George’s Tower, which has excellent views of the city, while outside the castle you can clamber up the original medieval motte.