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East Sutton Park Borstal, Maidstone, Kent

In early 1946, the Prison Commissioners purchased the East Sutton Park estate at Church Lane, Sutton Valence, near Maidstone, for use as an open Borstal Institution for girls, the first of its type. The establishment, which opened in October of the same year, comprised a 15th century mansion, with 80 acres of farmland.

Inmates collecting wood at East Sutton Park Borstal, near Maidstone.

The site subsequently also admitted adult females. The establishment, now HMP East Sutton Park, is now an open prison and Young Offender Institution for women aged 18 and over.


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