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Wandsworth Borstal, Wandsworth, London

In 1931, a special wing at Wandsworth was converted for use as temporary quarters for boys that were awaiting transfer to one of the Borstal Institutions elswhere in the country. Despite its limited role, the establishment became known as Wandsworth Borstal.

Wandsworth Borstal subsequently took on the role of a corrective establishment for Borstal inmates who persistently misbehaved. In 1952, this function was transferrd to Reading Borstal. The Corrective Training Allocation Centre, previously at Reading, which dealt with adult inmates, then moved to Wandsworth.


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