The Closure of HMP Holloway 1852-2016
HMP Holloway was closed in 2016 following the Government's announcement that I wanted to close all the Victorian prisons in London and build big new mega prisons out of the city. However true to illogical political decisions HMP Holloway, rebuilt in the early 1980's, the only Women's Prison in London and the largest in Europe was announced as the first to close. This was due to it's location; prime real estate land in Islington bordering Camden, London's housing crisis could be addressed and the fact that moving 500 plus women would probably be less problematic than moving over 1000 men from one of the other London prisons.
HMP Holloway has seen an incredible history; housing women caught up in notorious criminal cases, the plight of the Suffragettes as they were imprisoned during their quest to get women the vote
, and more recently
the women of Greenham Common who were arrested campaigning for nuclear disarmament.