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Last week I shared photos from my visit to jail! Most of the photos were of the grounds, guard towers and cell blocks. But I promised more…

Today’s photos are from inside “The Shops”. This prison opened its doors on June 1, 1835, with construction on these industrial workshops being completed in 1840. They included shops for blacksmithing, carpentry, tailoring, shoemaking and rope making. At one time, it also housed a barber school for inmates, as well as a shop for making keys and locks. How ironic!

I love these vaulted ceilings and these photos do not begin to show the impressive curves and unique textures of clay and limestone brick. All in all, it was a bright and spacious workspace, a polar opposite from the original cell size of 29 inches wide x 8′ deep x 6’7″ high.

Because things grow. Wherever there is air and light and open space, things grow. – Helen Oyeyemi

Happy Wednesday!