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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th June 1962 Born today: Amanda Donohoe, London, actress (CJ Lamb-LA Law)
29th June 1943 Born today: Roger Ruskin Spear, London Eng, saxophonist (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band)
29th June 1858 Great fire in London harbor
29th June 1688 Seven bishops are acquitted at the tower after censure from James II
Brixton Prison Treadwheel
The location of the infamous Brixton Treadwheel.
Location: Jebb Avenue, Streatham Hill
Description: The Surrey House of Correction was originally built in 1820 and opened as the Surrey House of Correction to house just 175 prisoners. This was regularly exceeded causing consistently poor conditions in its small cells.
In 1821 it was one of the first prisons to introduce bizarre treadwheels to make their prisoners produce flour for their own bread.
They were sensational news of their day even more so because they were designed by the distinguished architect William Cubitt.
Prisoners generally worked for ten minutes on and five minutes off the treadwheel although some reports think that generous.
It was considered to be a great deterrant to reoffending, although no doubt many didn't survive the physical trauma.