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HMP Hull was built to the designs of David Thorpe, the Corporation Surveyor, between 1865 and 1869. In January 1859 the Gaol Committee had recommended selling the existing borough gaol and house of correction on Kingston Street and building a new prison on a new site. The Committe commenced looking for a suitable site in November 1862 and the following September they identified a site on the Hedon Road for sale at #250 per acre. The decision was made to purchase twelve acres in January 1864. The Inspectors of Prisons approved Thorpe's designs in March and suggested minor alterations to the plans which were approved in April. The Surveyor-General gave his final approval in January 1865. The foundation stone was laid by the mayor, H J Atkinson, on 9th October 1865. Building work was completed in December 1869 at a final cost of #65,921 2s 2d. HMP Hull remained a local prison until July 1940 when it was closed to civilians and became a military prison. It suffered severe bomb damage during World War II and re-opened in 1950 as a closed male borstal. From 1960 to 1969 Hull was a training prison for about 260 adult males. One wing was rebuilt in 1960 and another during the 1970s. In 1969 the prison became a dispersal prison for category-A inmates and in August-September 1976 the prison was the scene of a serious disturbance during which the fabric was badly damaged. It remained part of the dispersal system until February 1986 when it became a male local prison and remand centre.

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