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Reason for inclusion: This is the prison in which Miss Grace Dunbar would have been held pending her trial during “The Problem of Thor Bridge” and it was to here that Holmes obtained “the necessary permits” to visit
Accessibility: Access to view the outside of the prison is via the Romsey Road. The prison is situated opposite The Royal Hampshire Hospital. This can be accessed by foot (It is approximately half a mile from the Law Courts / Great Hall). Car parking is very limited as the Romsey Road is a major thoroughfare.
Description: The present prison at Winchester was built between 1846 and1850.
The prison was built to the classical Victorian ‘radial’ design and covered an area of six acres. It has five wings of four stories high, each radiating from a centre, with a central ventilation tower. The tower is very prominent and can be seen from all around.
Comments: The prison featured (as Wintoncester Prison) in Thomas Hardy’s novel “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” as the site of Tess’s execution although, in fact, no female has been executed at the present prison.