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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.
20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.
20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.
20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times
20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.
This is where Myra Hindley was incarcerated in 1966.
Location: Parkhurst Road, Islington
Description: HM Prison Holloway was the largest womens' prison in western Europe until its closure in June 2016.
It was opened in October 1852 as a mixed-sex prison, but due to growing demand for space for female prisoners after the closure of Newgate, in 1903 it became female-only.
Some famous prisoners here included suffragettes Constance Markievicz (imprisoned for her part in the Irish Rebellion) Charlotte Despard, Mary Richardson, Dora Montefiore, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, and Ethel Smyth.
Diana Mitford and her husband Sir Oswald Mosley lived together here in a cottage in the prison grounds, eventually being released in 1943.
Five hangings took place here: Amelia Sach and Annie Walters (3 February 1903), Edith Thompson (9 January 1923), Styllou Christofi (13 December 1954), and Ruth Ellis (13 July 1955).
In 1966, Moors murderess Myra Hindley stayed here, as well as Maxine Carr (in 2002), who gave a false alibi for Soham murderer Ian Huntley.
It has featured as a TV location many times including on Call the Midwife, Rumpole Of The Bailey, and Upstairs, Downstairs.
In Autumn 2017 the prison buildings still stand, with draft proposals for the site including housing, a public open green space, playground, women's centre and a small amount of commercial space.