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The Lock Street Goal

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The prison at Lock Street was built in 1880.  The first execution happened in 1882 where a drop gallow was placed in the hospital yard.  In 1905 a gallows block was built and with it, three death row cells and an execution chamber, with more cells being added in 1909.

When executions became centralised in Pretoria, the gallows were no longer needed and the deathrow cells were used as additional accommodation.  The gallows chamber was converted into a work room.

In 1956, the males were moved out of the prison and transferred to Fort Glamorgan prison on the West Bank, leaving the Lock Street Goal as a woman’s prison.  The Lock Street Goal was abandoned in 1980 and was later taken over by the Small Business Development Council and turned into a shopping centre and museum.

 

Gallery:

Photographs by Dean Holmes Photography.

 

Contact:

Tel:  043-743-5485 (Pieter Strumpher)

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