Armley Jail, Postcard

Undated. Postcard view of Armley Jail taken from the recreation ground in front. The architects were Perkins and Backhouse. It opened in 1847 and cost £43,000. This was for the land and the buildings. The green structure to the right of the brick wall is a shelter built in the recreation ground and marked on a map dated 1908. Between the building of the prison and the wall of the recreation ground the 'jail field' can just be seen. Armley Goal was the incarceration place for most Yorkshire Suffragettes. Lilian Lenton and Leonora Cohen were both jailed here and began hunger strikes. Prison authorities asked if they could take finger prints of 'May Dennis' (Lilian Lenton) before her release under the 'Cat and Mouse Act'. The answer came back yes. It was also suspected that the covert photograph of Lenton was taken in Armley Goal. The Prison Commission stipulated that 'Photographs should be taken in every case. However they cannot be taken by force but instructs the officer who takes the photograph to take a photograph without the knowledge of the prisoner'. Leonor Cohen and four other suffragettes not only refused food but also drink. The goal was also a popular place for suffragette rally's and protests.

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why would anyone send a postcard of a prison? wish you were here perhaps
rob cooper