Travel Theme: Inside Looking Out, Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast, Ireland

A Victorian-era prison, Crumlin Road Gaol was built in 1845, closed its doors in 1996, and is now open to the public.

Logo for the Crumlin Road Gaol The intake room where prisoners were washed in carbolic soap, checked for lice and prison clothing handed out. Men, women and children were imprisoned here – the children usually for stealing food and the women for being suffragettes.
Intake room in the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, Ireland A mannequin of the warden in his office.
A mannequin of the warden in the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, Ireland Imagining myself in this place.Belfast's Crumlin St. Gaol Wrought iron balconies and spiral staircases add a somber note to the jail.Wrought iron balconies on Belfast's Crumlin St. Gaol Spiral staircase in the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, Ireland Spiral staircase in the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, IrelandThe medical office.
Medical office in the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, IrelandDoors in the jail’s offices needed a code to enter.
Door lock in the Crumlin St. Gaol in Belfast, Ireland The doors to the actual jail cells were somewhat more substantial.
Door to a Prison at the Crumlin St. Gaol in Belfast, Ireland Seventeen prisoners were executed in the gallows.
The hanging noose in the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, IrelandLooking out through the windows.
A window in the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, IrelandEven when you’re outside, you’re still ‘inside’.
Exterior of the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, Ireland Exterior of the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) in Belfast, IrelandSome of the prisoners were buried within the jail grounds, never to enter the outside world again. If they had been executed for their crimes the graves were either unmarked, or marked only with their initials and the date of execution.
A grave in the exterior wall of Belfast's Crumlin St. Gaol The door to the tunnel connecting the Crumlin St. Gaol to the courthouse, where they used to escort the prisoners back and forth. You’re allowed to go into the dimly lit tunnel but only a short distance.
Door to the tunnel connecting the Crumlin St. Gaol (Jail) to the courthouse (Belfast, Ireland) The courthouse across the street is in disrepair and not open to the public.
Belfast Crumlin Road Courthouse The tour was both funny, sad and spooky. What wasn’t mentioned in the tour were the hunger strikes of IRA members who wanted to be classed as ‘Prisoners of War’ as opposed to being labeled criminals. Several died of starvation including Bobby Sands who had been elected to parliament while he was in this prison.

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8 responses to “Travel Theme: Inside Looking Out, Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast, Ireland

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