Building record BLN 074 - H. M. Prison Blundeston, Hall Road

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Summary

1960s prison which closed in 2013

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 5149 9669 (347m by 302m)
Map sheet TM59NW
Civil Parish BLUNDESTON, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

H.M. Prison Blundeston was builtin in 1961-2 and opened in 1963. The original T-shaped blocks each contained 72 single cells arranged around axial corridors with little natural light. A single-storied punishment block included two strip cells with solid wooden seats and beds, and a A central unit linking the main blocks contained classrooms, a library, dining halls and kitchens along with chapels on its upper storey. A detached hospital wing lay to the west. Prisoners were employed in large workshops to the east and an administration block at the northern entrance included a spacious visiting area. These buildings survive largely unaltered, but in 1975 were supplemented by new wings of two and four-man cells, and by further blocks in 2002 and 2008. A new kitchen and dining hall appeared in 1996, although the hall was quickly converted into classrooms as it proved a focus for disruptive behaviour. The prison shut in 2013 and the iste was solfd for housing.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Alston, L.. 2017. Historic Building Record: H. M. Prison Blundeston, Hall Road, Blundeston.

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Apr 4 2019 11:33AM

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