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Latitude: 52.139 / 52°8'20"N
Longitude: -0.4704 / 0°28'13"W
OS Eastings: 504780
OS Northings: 250070
OS Grid: TL047500
Mapcode National: GBR G1Z.V6Y
Mapcode Global: VHFQ7.SHPL
Entry Name: Her Majestys Prison Governor's Offices, Offices, Boardroom, Security and Reception Block
Listing Date: 15 February 1993
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1200354
English Heritage Legacy ID: 350233
Location: Bedford, MK40
Electoral Ward/Division: Harpur
Built-Up Area: Bedford
Traditional County: Bedfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire
Church of England Parish: Bedford St Peter de Merton with St Cuthbert
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
TL 0450 DAME ALICE STREET
1/10000 HM Prison:
Security and Reception
Original prison. 1801 by John Wing. Flemish bond red brick with
painted stone dressings. Slate roofs with stone coped pedimental gable
ends. Brick end stacks. Plan: Cruciform plan, the rear wing subsumed
into 1848-9 extension qv. 1848-9 'F' wing added on east and C20 wing
added on west. Exterior: 3 storeys. 4:3:4 bay south front, centre 3
in projecting wing with rebuilt pedimental gable with bullseye. Bands
at first floor and mid storey level. Plain stone window architraves,
sills, and bars; centre 3 in round-headed arches, the central doorway
with semi-circular fanlight and glazed double doors. Central 3 windows
on first and second floor are C19 12-pane sashes. C20 single storey
wing in angle on right; C20 extension on left (W) end and 1848-9 'F'
wing on right (E). Small first and second floor rear windows with cill
bands; the east wing's ground floor rear windows have round arches.
Interior: Not inspected.
Note: Bedford Prison was built in 1801 to the designs of John Wing
(1756-1826), architect and builder. In 1848-9 it was extended, the
perimeter walls (qv) and front entrance (qv) were rebuilt and the
flanking front wings (qv) added by Thomas Smith, the County Surveyor
for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Source: HMP Bedford, Prison Handbook, and notes. Circa 1820
illustration by Fisher.
Listing NGR: TL0478050070
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