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This place in Manchester, England gets my imagination running wild.
Strangeways Prison... the name just gets my imagination going.

Inside Strangeways: Brutal reality of life inside notorious jail

Strangeways Prison... the name just gets my imagination going.

strangeways_prison: no doubt looks like a castle!

strangeways_prison: no doubt looks like a castle!

This is Whitefield's Harry Allen - He ran the Junction pub at Besses o' the Barn. Allen's most controversial execution was that of James Hanratty, hanged on 4 April 1962 at Bedford Prison, for the A6 murder case despite efforts to clear his name.  Allen also assisted in the wrongful execution in 1953 of Derek Bentley.  He performed one of the two final executions in Britain, on August 13, 1964 Gwynne Owen Evans was hanged at Strangeways Prison in Manchester for the murder of John Alan West.

Harry Allen: Britain's Last Hangman As recently as the convicted murderers in Britain were hanged by the neck ­ until dead. Now, for the first time, you can read the full story of Britain¹s last hangman ­ Harry Allen:

Unseen Photos of One of England's Most Notorious Prisons | VICE United States

Unseen Photos of One of England's Most Notorious Prisons

Prisoners at Strangeways, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, photograph by Chris Steele-Perkins.

April 1, 1990 Strangeways Prison riot: The longest prison riot in Britain's history begins at Strangeways Prison in Manchester, and continues for 3 weeks and 3 days, until April 25. Prisoner protesting on the badly damaged roof of the prison.

Strangeways riots: Had a massacre happened? We simply didn’t know

April 1990 Strangeways Prison riot: The longest prison riot in Britain's history begins at Strangeways Prison in Manchester, and continues for 3 weeks and 3 days, until April Prisoner protesting on the badly damaged roof of the prison.

Unseen Photos of One of England's Most Notorious Prisons | VICE United States

Unseen Photos of One of England's Most Notorious Prisons

Unseen Photos of One of England’s Most Notorious Prisons Chris Steele-Perkins’s pictures of Manchester’s Strangeways prison from 1980 reveal a slice of the UK’s criminal underworld.

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Strangeways: 'working prison' aims to reduce reoffending

Given unprecedented access to Strangeways prison in Manchester, Ian Wylie discovered its notorious idleness has turned to hard work and reform

Manchester publican Harry Allen carried out the last executions at Strangeways prison. He wasn't the only publican to hold the position of executioner - both Albert Pierrepoint and James Billington were also landlords.

Between 1869 and 100 executions took place inside Strangeways prison.

Margaret Allen of Rawtenstall was a lesbian who dressed in men's clothes and preferred to be called 'Bill'. On the 28th August 1948 she battered Nancy Ellen Chadwick to death with a hammer. Mrs Chadwick was an elderly neighbor who had come to borrow a cup of sugar. Convicted after a short trial held on the 8th December 1948 and was hanged on the 12th January 1949 by public executioner Albert Pierrepoint, the first female execution in Britain for 12 years and only the third at Strangeways…

Margaret Allen was a cross-dressing murderer who considered herself to be a man. On August 1948 she battered Nancy Ellen Chadwick to death with a hammer in Rawtenstall, England. Allen was hanged on January

Unseen Photos of One of England's Most Notorious Prisons | VICE United States

Unseen Photos of One of England's Most Notorious Prisons

Seeing Things Clearly-Unseen Photos of One of England's Most Notorious Prisons

Margaret Allen was the second last female prisoner to be hanged in Strangeways prison, this poem is inspired by her story to a degree

Margaret Allen, sexually confused murderer, dressed here as a soldier. She also wore men's clothing to her trial for the murder of Nancy Chadwick, another local eccentric.

Remember Strangeways, 1990? The bad old days of inhumane prisons are back Eric Allison

Remember Strangeways, 1990? The bad old days of inhumane prisons are back

Remember Strangeways, The bad old days of inhumane prisons are back Eric Allison

Prisoners on the roof of Manchester's Strangeways Prison.

Music fails to dislodge Strangeways protesters: from the archive, 7 April 1990

Prisoners on the roof of Manchester's Strangeways Prison.

HM Manchester Prison, Strangeways, 1933

33 fascinating pictures of pre-war Manchester from the air

30 fascinating aerial pictures of Manchester city centre from the and…

Strangeways Prison riots

Fears that Britain’s prisons are at crisis point after growing unrest