"Sleeping in Prison"
So after what amounted to a full day of travel, it was time for sleep. We awoke to a warm, sunny day and it was time for breakfast. But where are we ? We are staying in the Protea Breakwater Lodge, formerly known as the Breakwater Prison.
The Breakwater Prison was constructed in 1860 to house British convicts working on the breakwater, which eventually allowed the harbour to be built. Since 1991, the remaining building houses the Breakwater Lodge and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in what is now called the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
The building we see today is called the Industrial Breakwater Prison. It's design with the four castellated turrets and an enclosed courtyard was based on the Millbank and Pentonville prisons in England. In 1891 the white prisoners were moved into this building. It was the first site to racially segregate black and white convicts. Before segregation the sleeping arrangements were that a white convict had to sleep between two black convicts. The rationale was, with the language and cultural barrier, less plotting and dissent would take place.
This photo is of one of the hallways we walked down on our way to breakfast. If you look at the first doorway (blue) on the right, it still has the steel hinges that used to hang a cell door. This was evident on quite a few of the doorways. You see the walkway, and you see the interesting skylight that brought in the light for the inmates.
Great job remodeling !
Adventure has fully begun...