"the Scrubs"
Wormwood Scrubs
Creative Commons AttributionWormwood Scrubs - Credit: David Hawgood

Wormwood Scrubs Prison is a Category B men's prison located in West London.

It was built in 1874 using convict labour, after the head of the Prison Department, General Sir Edmund du Cane, had seen the Sing Sing Prison in New York.

During the Second World War, the prisoners of Wormwood Scrubs were evacuated, and the prison was taken over by the War Department. It served as a secure operating house for MI5, as well as MI8, the Radio Security Service.

 

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