aldington | open prison

Information about Aldington was sketchy at best. Prisons are not regularly mentioned and Aldington’s sole claim to fame was post-closure, when it was determined it could be used as an asylum reception centre. Of course, this kicked up a stink of opposition from the local residents, enraged that the Garden Of England could be used as a temporary home for asylum seekers, when in reality, Dover had been used in that capacity for years.

The asylum centre was quietly dropped, and the whole site is destined to be bulldozed, with housing built instead. The usual fate.

Our first view of Aldington was a collection of drab single storey wooden panelled buildings surrounded by mountainous walls of metal and razor wire.