Entrance to the Women's Prison, Stafford Gaol

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Date:1869 - 1871 (c.)

Description:The women's prison was built in 1852 to deal with the problem of overcrowding. A new male block, the 'Crescent' was also built.

At this time it was believed that prisoners should be kept apart as much as possible to prevent the more innocent being influenced by the more corrupt. This was known as the Separate System.

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Donor ref:SAMS Acc. No., P82.54.18, img: 106 (8/668)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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