How many prisons were there in 19th century England? How big were they? Where were they located? Where can I find out more about them?
Based in the Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice at The Open University, this fantastic new online resource aims to reconstruct the 19th century penal landscape. Currently, it contains information on nearly 850 English prisons, lock ups and hulks used to confine those accused and convicted of crime between 1800 and 1899.
www.prisonhistory.org not only tells you where an institution was located, what jurisdiction it fell under, and how many prisoners were confined within it, but also lists the key primary sources that describe the prison, as well as its surviving archives.