HMP Kingston

HMP Kingston is a former Category B/C men’s prison in Kingston, Portsmouth. The building was originally built in 1877, designed by George Rake and built in the radial plan, with a central block in the middle used by guards to observe prisoners from a 360 view. The prison was closed in 2013 as part of the government’s planned closures of older prisons. Between then and 2020, the site sat almost virtually unused. However now, it is being developed by Homes England into around 100 houses and flats.

The Explore:

My friends Landie_Man and Robin and I ventured to this site after a previous explore. The access was really surprisingly easy, given that this was a prison. There are holes everywhere now! However, once inside it was sadly evident that conversion work was well underway inside, with many of the cells broken up into larger rooms to be converted into flats. However, saying that, there were still some rather nice remaining features, such as the wrought iron stairs and railings and a few cell doors still intact. Overall, it was a slight letdown but nevertheless an interesting explore. Enjoy the photographs.