A Victorian jailhouse that once held the real Peaky Blinders gang is being opened to the public for the first time

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A Victorian jailhouse that once held the real Peaky Blinders gang is being opened to the public for the first time

A Victorian jailhouse where the the real life Peaky Blinders gang were once locked up is being opened to the public.

Fans of the the Bafta award-winning BBC series can now get a look inside the eerie Steelhouse Lane Lock-up in Birmingham which operated from 1891 to 2016.

The Grade-II listed 19th century jail housed the original members of the Peaky Blinders who inspired the gritty crime drama written by Stephen Knight.

The mug shots of Harry Fowler, Ernest Bayles, Stephen McHickie and Thomas Gilbert - adorn the walls of the 128-year-old prison wearing their trademark flat caps.

Guests can walk in the footsteps of the infamous crooks and look inside the cells of the former custody suite, which has been transformed into a museum.

The building also features stained glass windows, a tunnel through which thousands of criminals made the walk to court, art deco door handles and old fashioned interview rooms. Other West Midlands Police memorabilia will also be on display - including the biggest mugshot collection in the UK and what is believed to be the oldest police custody photograph in the world.

Inspector Steve Rice, who works on the West Midlands Police Heritage Project, said: "Its a late Victorian building which over the years has had many notorious criminals.

"People often ask me if the Peaky Blinders are a real gang, they were and we have many photographs in our archives taken at this location.

"Going forward our plans are to move the police museum currently in Sparkhill to this location The Peaky Blinders earned their chilling nickname after sewing razor blades into the peaks of their flat caps, so they could blind rival gangsters by headbutting them.

They ruled the industrialised areas of Bordesley Green and Small Heath in the early 1900s, when the city was one of the world's most important manufacturing hubs.

The BBC show has run for five series so far and is centered on the gang and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Cillian Murphy heads a star cast which has also included roles for Tom Hardy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson.

The jail will open its doors to the public on January 3 offering 90 minute guided tours.

An advert for the event said: "The Steelhouse Lane Lock-up was in use from 1891 to 2016 and many of the original Victorian features are still present, alongside more modern custody facilities.

"The Grade-II listed building shows how a mini prison operated in a busy city centre for well over a century."


A Victorian jailhouse that once held the real Peaky Blinders gang is being opened to the public for the first time

A Victorian jailhouse where the the real life Peaky Blinders gang were once locked up is being opened to the public.

Fans of the the Bafta award-winning BBC series can now get a look inside the eerie Steelhouse Lane Lock-up in Birmingham which operated from 1891 to 2016.

The Grade-II listed 19th century jail housed the original members of the Peaky Blinders who inspired the gritty crime drama written by Stephen Knight.

The mug shots of Harry Fowler, Ernest Bayles, Stephen McHickie and Thomas Gilbert - adorn the walls of the 128-year-old prison wearing their trademark flat caps.

Guests can walk in the footsteps of the infamous crooks and look inside the cells of the former custody suite, which has been transformed into a museum.

The building also features stained glass windows, a tunnel through which thousands of criminals made the walk to court, art deco door handles and old fashioned interview rooms. Other West Midlands Police memorabilia will also be on display - including the biggest mugshot collection in the UK and what is believed to be the oldest police custody photograph in the world.

Inspector Steve Rice, who works on the West Midlands Police Heritage Project, said: "Its a late Victorian building which over the years has had many notorious criminals.

"People often ask me if the Peaky Blinders are a real gang, they were and we have many photographs in our archives taken at this location.

"Going forward our plans are to move the police museum currently in Sparkhill to this location The Peaky Blinders earned their chilling nickname after sewing razor blades into the peaks of their flat caps, so they could blind rival gangsters by headbutting them.

They ruled the industrialised areas of Bordesley Green and Small Heath in the early 1900s, when the city was one of the world's most important manufacturing hubs.

The BBC show has run for five series so far and is centered on the gang and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Cillian Murphy heads a star cast which has also included roles for Tom Hardy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson.

The jail will open its doors to the public on January 3 offering 90 minute guided tours.

An advert for the event said: "The Steelhouse Lane Lock-up was in use from 1891 to 2016 and many of the original Victorian features are still present, alongside more modern custody facilities.

"The Grade-II listed building shows how a mini prison operated in a busy city centre for well over a century."

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