|Wakefield Prison, Wakefield Yorkshire|
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In July 2014 David Studdard shared the following images taken around 1916 of Wakefield Prison in Wakefield, Yorkshire.
Tony Homewood thinks the above images may be from as early as
1909 at the time of the
execution of Ernest Hutchinson when a newspaper took some images of the prison.|
The prison was originally built in 1594. It is still in operation in a facility built in 1966. Many of the building date to Victorian times. It houses high profile sex offenders.
Prisoners from Leeds were sent to Wakefield until a prison was opened in Leeds in October 1847.
A section known as the "new prison" was opened in 1849.
In August 1865 there were a total of 1,372 prisoners in the jail - 1,176 men and 196 women.
The prisoners at Wakefield Prison worked as indicated by Parliamentary Papers of 1849 which stated that Wakefield Prison had iron looms.
" WAKEFIELD PRISON. - The exact date at which this Prison was built is not known, but it is clear that there was no Prison at Wakefield before the year 1595 from the following extract from the Will, dated 16th December, 1594, of Mr. George Savil, of Wakefield, which was proved at York, on the 17th February in the following year (viz., 1595) "Also I give twentie poundes "for and towardes the Buildinge of an House of Correction "within Seaven Miles of Wakefield, for the settinge of the poore "on worke or towardes a starte for the Keepinge of them in "worke accordinge to the statute, if so be there be any such "house builded within the space of two yeres next after my decease, and if there be not, then this bequest utterlie to be void."
Executions by hanging at Wakefield Prison 1906 to 1915
According to Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners by Steven Fielding, 2008, the Pierrepoint bothers, Henry and/or Thomas executed by hanging the following prisoners at Wakefield Prison between 1906 and 1915:
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John Land (1818) born Leeds, lived in Wakefield/Thornes in the mid 1800s
Charles Land (1767) born Wakefield
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