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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th August 1990 Actress Rachel Hurd-Wood was born in Streatham, London.
17th August 1968 Actress Helen McCrory was born in Paddington, London.
17th August 1798 Medical pioneer Thomas Hodgkin was born in Pentonville, London.
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.