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Durham Borstal, Durham, County Durham

At the end of 1945, to relieve overcrowding at the Aylesbury Borstal for Girls, a borstal was established in part of the women's prison at H.M.P. Durham, located on Old Elvet, Durham. It was closed, however, in September 1947.

In 1959, when H.M.P. Aylesbury became a men-only establishment, the women's wing at Durham again became a girls' borstal. Local women, unless their sentences were very short, were transferred to Manchester. First offenders and those suitable for an open establishment were transferred to Askham Grange.

In May 1962, a new secure training borstal for girls opened at Bullwood Hall, in Essex, and the borstals at Durham, Manchester and Cardiff were subsequently closed.


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