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Prisoners at Clerkenwell House of Correction, London, taking their turn on the treadmill

Prisoners at Clerkenwell House of Correction, London, taking their turn on the treadmill


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Date: 29th March 2014

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Prisoners at Clerkenwell House of Correction, London, taking their turn on the treadmill

Prisoners at Clerkenwell House of Correction, London, taking their turn on the treadmill while the men who have just done their stint wait in silence until it is their turn again. From The Illustrated London News, 4 July 1874. Wood engraving

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1874 Clerkenwell Crime Discipline House Illustrated July News Prison Prisoners Punishment Silence Taking Turn Wait Wood Correction Stint Treadmill


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This wood engraving from The Illustrated London News, dated 4 July 1874, provides a rare glimpse into the somber atmosphere of Clerkenwell House of Correction in London. In this image, we witness the harsh discipline imposed upon prisoners as they take their turn on the treadmill. The men who have just completed their stint stand in silence, awaiting their next grueling round. The scene is shrouded in an eerie stillness that permeates through the wooden walls of this infamous house of punishment. Each man's face bears traces of exhaustion and resignation, reflecting the toll exacted by their confinement and forced labor. This snapshot captures not only a moment frozen in time but also serves as a stark reminder of Britain's approach to crime and its consequences during this era. Clerkenwell House of Correction stands as a symbol for England's commitment to maintaining order within society through strict penal measures. The treadmill itself becomes an emblematic representation of both physical exertion and psychological torment endured by these incarcerated individuals. As we contemplate this historical print, it prompts us to reflect on how far our understanding and treatment of criminals has evolved since those days. It serves as a poignant testament to the enduring power that images possess in capturing moments that shape our collective memory – reminding us never to forget our past while striving for progress towards more humane methods of correctional rehabilitation.

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