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Talking Histories: Armley Jail

September 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Join us for an evening with retired Prison Officer, Eric Walsh as he gives us an incredible insight into the history and chequered past of Armley Jail going as far back as the Victorian era.

Eric worked at HMP Armley for 24 years. Alongside his job as a Prison Officer, he carried out extensive research on the prison’s intriguing past and used to lead tours around the building itself (this is something that is no longer available to the public).

 Eric will lead us through the history of Armley Jail going back to the Victorian era. He’ll tell us about interesting and remarkable events throughout the years including escapes, disorder, notable visitors, punishment and executions (including Emily Swann, the only female prisoner to receive the Death Penalty at Armley and the Public Execution of Sargisson & Myers). 

It will be an informal evening with the opportunity to ask questions to find out about more about the history of Armley Jail. The bar will be open for drinks and bar snacks. Please note: doors open 7:30pm / talk starts 8pm.

This talk is part of a series of monthly events run by Left Bank Leeds that will explore the history of the buildings and people of Leeds. It has been made possible with thanks to the support from Heritage Lottery Fund.


September 21, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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