Mosaics in the crypt

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Mosaics in the crypt

Making mosaics was considered a “useful occupation” for female prisoners during the second half of the nineteenth century, from the 1860s onwards. Selected, well-behaved inmates of women’s prisons around London, including Fulham and Woking, were allowed to learn the craft. Several floors created by female prisoners can still be seen in London, incl. an area between the Victoria and Albert Museum Cast Courts. The floor of the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral showcases the different skill levels of its makers. Its design, among the most enticing designs for floors of this kind was provided by Francis Cranmer Penrose, the then surveyor of St Paul’s Cathedral.