Prison de Loos (Prison H15), Lille, France

Prison de Loos is an abandoned prison near Lille in France. The prison could house almost 1500 inmates, and closed in 2011.

Prison H15 - Security Measures
 

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History

Prison de Loos is an abandoned prison on the outskirts of Lille in France. Built using sandstone and brick, the prison could house almost 1500 inmates. The site has an interesting and varied history.

A Cistercian monastery was built in the early 1200’s on the site on which the prison now stands. During the French revolution the building was nationalised and the monks were expelled.  The site has been used a prison since the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Huge expansion of the site was planned for 1812, to convert the monastery into a workhouse for the poor and infirm. There were many delays and work did not begin until 1817, designed to accommodate 400 individuals of both sexes, and divided into four separate sections. At the time there was a lack of prisons in the area and sentences were being cut short due to overcrowding.  Shortly after construction of the workhouse had commenced, the Interior Minister ordered the work be stopped, and a detention centre be built instead.

The plans were amended and construction of the central house resumed until 1822 when the first prisoners were received. The building could house up to 500 prisoners, one half reserved for corrections and the other half for criminals.

Refurbishment works took place alongside the construction of further dormitories, increasing the prisons population to 965 men and 532 women. A further prison was built on adjoining land to house female prisons and the original was used as a male-only prison from then onwards.

Facing a change in penitentiary systems the prison closed in 2011. The site has since seen a rapid demise as decay starts to set in and the buildings have been raided for scrap.

Prison de Loos - External

Prison de Loos – External

Our Visit

This was the first stop on my first euro tour, so I was excited about this place, along with Proj3ct M4yh3m, Kriegaffe9 and ZeroUrbex This was another one of those visits where the size of the place hits you on arrival, plenty to explore and see. We ended up spending pretty much all day here, so we had a good explore of the entire site including outbuildings and the watch towers were quite cool. My personal highlights from the day were the Maximum Security Cells and the inmate records that had been left behind.

Prison de Loos - Maximum Security Cell

Prison de Loos – Maximum Security Cell

Prison de Loos - Grand Central Hall

Prison de Loos – Grand Central Hall

Prison de Loos - Life Behind Bars

Prison de Loos – Life Behind Bars

Prison de Loos - Ministere de la Justice, detail shot

Prison de Loos – Ministere de la Justice, detail shot

Prison de Loos - One of the many wings

Prison de Loos – One of the many wings

Prison de Loos - The Grey Wing

Prison de Loos – The Grey Wing

Prison de Loos - View from the top

Prison de Loos – View from the top

Prison de Loos - Prisoner Records

Prison de Loos – Prisoner Records

Prison de Loos - Bureau du Serveillant

Prison de Loos – Bureau du Serveillant

Prison de Loos - The Green Wing

Prison de Loos – The Green Wing

Prison de Loos - Low security cell

Prison de Loos – Low security cell

Prison de Loos - The newer office

Prison de Loos – The newer office

Prison de Loos - The old office

Prison de Loos – The old office

If you liked this report please check out Proj3ct M4yh3m's Prison de Loos report too.

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