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Gringley Borstal, Gringley-on-the-Hill, Nottinghamshire

Gringley Borstal was opened in January 1946 at Westwell (now West Wells) Lane, Gringley-on-the Hill, Nottinghamshire. It was categorised as an open training institution. The 70 inmates were accommodated in huts, which had previously been used as a Land Army girls' hostel.

In 1960, it was reported that great efforts were made by the governor to establish good relations with local people. Inmates gave a helping hand in keeping the village churchyard tidy and many attended services at the village church and acted as bell ringers. In their spare time they attended to the weeding of the churchyard, mowed the grass and prepared and planted flower beds and borders.

In 1969, it was announced that the huts were to be replaced by a brick building which would provide additional educational and recreation facilities, dual purpose classrooms, visitors' rooms, library, administration offices, main hall and dining hall. The dormitories and large hall were to occupy the area farthest back from the approach road. Although it was to be a two-storey building, it would give the impression of being a single storey. Thirty boys were to be engaged on the erection of the buildings and the borstal workshops were provide concrete sections, joinery, and other timberwork.


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