Leeds nostalgia: Life behind bars down the years

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It’s one of those Leeds places that you most definitely don’t want to find yourself in.

Prison life at Armley Jail is not meant to be fun and these prisoners from fifty eight years ago found themselves heavily involved in traditional mailbag sewing in 1957.

JUNE 1957: Prisoners sewing mail bags at Armley jail.

JUNE 1957: Prisoners sewing mail bags at Armley jail.

It was the same story in 1968 when another set of inmates carried out the same sort of work under the watchful eye of a prison warder.

Fletcher and Godber would not have looked out of place in this scene from 1970 which looks very much like the prison infirmary but back in 1911 Messrs. Mackay and Barraclough would have had quite a job persuading this prisoner to come down from the roof (2). The Edwardian onlookers wearing boots and flat caps may well have found themselves in a much different situation a few years later as they would have been of the right age for conscription for the First World War.

The spartan realities of life in a cell were evident when this prisoner dreamed of freedom in 1970.

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