I finally got to take photos inside Sligo Gaol (or jail) this week. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time but it isn’t open to the public. Siobhan the Heritage Officer let Sarah (Derelict Nation) and I for a look around on Monday. The prison was open from 1823-1959, it was also known as the Cranmore Hotel.
Siobhan showed us this aerial photo that was taken in 1947. Much of the prison has been demolished, although we got to look around the part that remains. The governor’s house is still there but is now used for offices. It’s odd to see cars parked on what would have been the exercise yard.
All the cells are numbered and each one had a system where the prisoner could pull a cord if they needed attention from the warden, the number of the cell would turn outwards, so the warden could see at a glance which cell it was. The odd thing is that the doors open outwards…not very safe for the wardens I would have thought.
There is a lot of information about the jail on Sligotown.net it’s very interesting and well worth a read.
These photos were taken with a Canon 100D which is a great little DSLR camera that Canon-Ireland have lent me. I’ve had fun trying it out, this blog is the first of many with it. The most interesting photo I took is the one below, as soon as I walked into the cell I could see a face in the paintwork….can you see it? When I downloaded the photos I could actually make out a few faces!…Spooky.