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The House of Detention gets its name from its former purpose - as a prison - and there has been a prison on this site since 1616. By the mid-19th century the House of Detention was rebuilt - the series of spooky tunnels and passageways that can be explored today date from its last rebuilding in 1844 - and used as a holding prison for those awaiting trial. The prison was demolished in 1890 to make way for Hugh Myddleton School but beneath the playground an entire underground section of the older building survived and lay undisturbed until the bombs of the Blitz saw it reopened as an air-raid shelter. After World War II it was again largely forgotten until, in 1993, it became a museum. The House of Detention closed its doors to the public in 2000 and part of the building has been redeveloped into flats while Clerkenwell Design Week uses other parts of the building as an exhibition space.

 

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St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 3 minutes from House of Detention
Found in the trendy neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, The Zetter Hotel provides stylish boutique accommodation within a converted Victorian warehouse. With 59 rooms, each individually designed and ... More
 
 
 
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House of Detention, St. Johns Gate, 26 St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 4 minutes from House of Detention
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