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A Christmas play in Wormwood Scrubs

By Tom Chatfield  

The gatehouse at Wormwood Scrubs

The chapel of Wormwood Scrubs prison is a piece of unexpected beauty: Grade II listed, arched in the Romanesque style, its Portland stones white against the massive brick walls and crenellations of the rest of the Victorian site. It was drizzling steadily last night, and a hundred or so of us—visiting civilians, who had spent the last half-hour being carefully processed through the layers of security and thick-walled rooms required to enter any category B prison—stood outside it…

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