Pentonville Prison

Category: Prisons

HM Prison Pentonville is a prison built in 1842 in North London. Its design was influenced by Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon concept.

The first modern prison opened in London in 1816 – the new Millbank prison. It had separate cells for 860 prisoners, and proved satisfactory (to the authorities at least) thus commencing a programme of prison building to deal with the rapid increase in prisoner numbers occasioned by the ending of capital punishment for many crimes and a steady reduction in the use of transportation.


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