Construction took place in 1833-34, and the Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada opened in 1835 with a total of 154 tiny cells but with only six initial prisoners.
I did this batch of photos in black and white with a bit of a gritty look, which seemed appropriate to me.
|A corner tower seen from the outside. It would have overseen|
one corner of the exercise yard.
|Abandon hope all ye who enter here|
|The tower at the other corner of the Yard, which was cement covered and divided into two sections for crowd control.|
We didn't get into most buildings, but we did see the inside of the former workshop building, the entrance of which was quite impressive. The follwing three photos are of the entrance hall,.
Unfortunately, the actual workshop rooms were empty, so it was difficult to get a flavour for the original workings. We did get into the former Mattress Workshop, and I was quite taken with the red brick ceiling. I am tempted to show it in colour, but I have decided to keep this post in monochrome.
|That rascal, JJ, made an unscheduled appearance.|
On the wall was an illustration of one of the shops in times past when work was going on.