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  1. This was a good way to see an old Victorian prison without hassle and at 57 I dont need that these days! Some background information: HM Prison Shrewsbury was a Category B/C men's prison in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England and closed for good in March 2013. The former prison site, on Howard Street, adjacent to Shrewsbury railway station, is near the site of the Dana Gaol, a medieval prison.There has been a prison on the site since 1793, the original building being constructed by Thomas Telford to plans by Shrewsbury architect John Hiram Haycock; the present prison building was constructed in 1877. The prison took female convicts until 1922.The name The Dana is still often used for the prison, as well as being the name of the road to one side of the prison and the pedestrian route that runs from near the front of the prison into the town centre via a footbridge over the station. The now disused platform 8 at the station is masked from the opposite platform by a high wall which was used for transporting prisoners between 1868 and the First World War. A bust of prison reformer John Howard is above the main entrance to the prison. The street leading up to the prison from the main road is also named after him.In September 2004, Member of Parliament George Stevenson called for an enquiry into the amount of suicides which had occurred at Shrewsbury Prison. This came after 3 inmates had hanged themselves at the jail in 2 weeks. There are suicide cells where these men would have been held under close watch, but obviously not close enough. Some externals Inside the prison A wing C wing originally for women but in recent years housed sex offenders The section of rail was put in to teach prisoners how to maintain the lines with a view to them getting employment upon release Visiting facility The tables were all bolted down,but have all gone now Big Brother is watching And finally,how life used to be in prison before the Human Rights act made us soft It may not be an explore in the true sense,but for me,this was a great way to see a UK prison