Prisons and Asylums

Posted in Weird Places

Introduction

With no shortage of outlaws - be they outlaws from the law or outlaws from 'normality' - the British have never been reticent to build holding facilities to keep such people away from normal society.

In the case of notorious and dangerous offenders, it is no surprise to discover granite-grey institutions festooned with barbed wire and under ceaseless vigilance. But the past casts, perhaps, a darker shadow in the form of the institutions that came into being to deal with the 'mad'. Some - like Broadmoor - still play host to those that wander around the medico-legal borderline between 'mad' and 'evil'. Others have slipped into a genteel old age, repurposed as luxury living, their secret past as places of horror and outrage carefully airbrushed from the brochures.

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