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Treadmill at HMP Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Treadmill at HMP Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Photograph taken late 19th century © Copyright Crown copyright.NMR ref: bb90/14698

Kingston Prison opened in 1850. Like many prisons in the 19th century, HMP Kingston adopted the policy of hard labour on unproductive tasks. Those forced to work the treadmill or tread wheel were forced to climb 8,640 feet in 6 hours.