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UK - Oxford - Prison silhouette

This shot was taken on the last Open Day before the Oxford Prison site closed for redevelopment. There were lots of curious people like us so I had to wait a while to get a lone figure silhouetted against the window. There's something about the figure that reminds me of the Gene Hunt character from Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes.


From Wikipedia : "The county gaol gradually grew to take over most of the site. In 1888 it became HM Prison Oxford (Oxford Prison). The prison was closed in 1996 and the site reverted to Oxfordshire County Council. It has since been redeveloped as a shopping and heritage complex, with open courtyards for markets and theatrical performances. The scheme also includes a hotel in the Malmaison chain, Malmaison Oxford, occupying a large part of the former prison block, with converted jail cells as guest rooms. This is the first time in the UK that a prison has been turned into a hotel. The redeveloped site also includes apartments, bars, restaurants, events venues, and a visitor centre operating as "Oxford Castle–Unlocked"."


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Taken on April 2, 2009