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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): CLA/003
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1869-2009
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 7 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Corporation of London Holloway | HM Prison


Administrative/Biographical history:

Holloway Prison was built by the Corporation of London as the City House of Correction for men and women. It was opened in 1852. The prison was taken over by the government in 1877. It become female only in 1903 and was well known for the imprisonment of suffragettes and for internments during the Second World War.

The prison finally closed in 2016.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to Holloway Prison, 1869-2009, including administrative, medical, staff records, records of the chaplain, records relating to prisoners' employment. Prisoners' records include registers of prisoners and some files on individual prisoners (Edith Thompson and Styllou Christofi, both executed at Holloway, Helen Kroger, Cynthia Payne and Caroline Richardson). Related documentation includes photographs of the prison and staff, registers relating to predecessor prisons and printed material.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows:
CLA/003/AD: Administration
CLA/003/CP: Chaplain's records
CLA/003/HB: Holloway Borstal
CLA/003/IN: Prisoners' Employment
CLA/003/ME: Medical records
CLA/003/PR: Prisoners' records
CLA/003/ST: Staff records
CLA/003/RD: Related Documentation

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received via Corporation of London Records Office in 2004.

Additional deposits received from the prison in 2016.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For Corporation of London records relating to prisons see: CLA/028: Wood Street Compter, CLA/029: Giltspur Street Compter, CLA/030: Poultry Compter, CLA/031: Southwark Compter, CLA/032: Prisons and Compters, CLA/033: Ludgate Prison, CLA/034: Whitecross Street Prison, CLA/035: Newgate Prison, COL/CA/PCA: Court of Aldermen Prisons Committee, COL/CC/FNG: Court of Common Council Gaol Expenses and Finance Committee, COL/CC/MIN: Court of Common Council Committees includes material relating to gaols and compters, COL/CC/NGC: Court of Common Council Newgate Gaol Committee, COL/CC/PCC: Court of Common Council Prisons Committee, COL/PL: Plans, including plans of prisons and compters.

The National Archives holds papers relating to the management and administration of Holloway Prison (see PCOM: Prison Commission and Home Office Prison Department) and papers on the use of Holloway Prison as a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War (see HO: Home Office, Ministry of Home Security, and related bodies).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2009 Updated June 2016.

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