HMP Wandsworth

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The UK's largest prison and among its most notorious for its poor conditions. At its height, it had capacity for 1877 prisoners - many of whom were (and are) housed in the original buildings, which date back to the prison's opening in 1851.

Among its notable prisoners were 'acid bath murderer' John George Haigh (hanged in 1949) and George Chapman - the 'Borough Poisoner', who was hanged in 1903.

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 14th August 2013 | © Weird Island 2010-2019
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