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Explosion at Holloway Prison

London, 18 December 1913 - At about 9:30 tonight two large explosions occurred at the rear of number 12 Dalmeny Avenue, a quiet, fashionable residential area running immediately behind Holloway Prison in London. As a result of the explosion the wall surrounding the prison has been badly damaged.

The house is currently occupied by Mrs Patey, a well-known suffragette. Neighbours have stated that the house is regularly used for suffragette meetings, and that on at least one occasion some of the women used a cornet to serenade Mrs Pankhurst, who was in the prison at the time.

The two bombs went off within a few minutes of one another from the garden of number 12 - the bombs were placed at the foot of the prison wall, which runs at the bottom of the garden. The wall has been so badly damaged by the explosion it will need to be rebuilt. The buildings within the prison were 25 yards back from the wall so were not damaged.

No arrests have been made at present.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


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