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Her Majestys Prison Main Entrance and Two Flanking Wings

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.1389 / 52°8'19"N

Longitude: -0.4708 / 0°28'14"W

OS Eastings: 504754

OS Northings: 250053

OS Grid: TL047500

Mapcode National: GBR G1Z.V34

Mapcode Global: VHFQ7.SHHQ

Entry Name: Her Majestys Prison Main Entrance and Two Flanking Wings

Listing Date: 14 May 1971

Last Amended: 15 February 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321042

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35507

Location: Bedford, MK40

County: Bedford

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Bedford

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Bedford St Peter de Merton with St Cuthbert

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 05/02/2013

TL 0450 1/76

DAME ALICE STREET (north side)
HM Prison: Main entrance and two flanking wings

(Formerly listed as HM Prison)


Prison entrance and wings. 1848-9 by Thomas Smith. Flemish bond red
brick with slate dressings. Slate hipped roofs. Brick axial stacks.
Plan: Central entrance block with carriageway through and flanking
wings attached only by prison wall behind. Exterior: 2 storeys and
basements, 3-bay central entrance and flanking wings, all with
rusticated stone quoins, plinths, string courses and cornices. Central
entrance with pedimented advanced outer bays, central round arch
carriageway with vermicutated rustication to voussoirs and large
double doors, two-light windows, the flat arches with large voussoirs
and stone mullion. The flanking wings have pedimented centres breaking
forwards with recessed round-headed doorways with keystones,
fanlights, glazed doors and steps with iron balustrades and 12-pane
sashes with flat brick arches. Interiors: Not inspected.
Note: Bedford Prison was built in 1801 to the designs of John Wing
(1756-1826). In 1848-9 it was extended, the perimeter walls and front
entrance were rebuilt and the flanking front wings added by Thomas
Smith, the County Surveyor for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Source: HMP Bedford, Prison Handbook, and notes.

Listing NGR: TL0475450053

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