Former prison, French Heritage monument to Coulommiers

The sly little minx teaches us that the old prison in the shape of church, to recall the prisoners, known as one, that they owed expier their faults, was reamenagee since in public library, it also teaches us that it is isolee on an island.

The ministry for the culture teaches him to us that this prison commencee in 1851 within Mangeon, and criterion of the ministerial circular of 1841 (cellular system or individual imprisonment) is utilisee like prison until 1958.

This assertion, at the very least humorous or curious concerning the atonement about the prisoners is confirmee by the historical Note on the town of Coulommiers publiee into 1829 which in east can be it same the source.

Historical note on the town of Coulommiers

For sixty years, it east has taken place successively great changes in this city, and they all are with the advantage of its healthiness and the regularity of its streets. Pits filled with water which, girded it since the mill of the arch to the arm of river which runs close the postern, were roofs; walks plantees of trees have replaces these wet ponds, of or were exhaled, during the autumn, of pestilential miasmas which made the fevers intermittent endemic in this city; the supported action, though slow, of the great roadway system, widened and aligns the narrow and tortuous streets whose the historian speaks about the department of Seine-et-Marne.

On the remains of the church of Holy-Faith rose gracious gardens, whose vegetation cleanses the air; and in the buildings of the prioress, one joined together the civil court, grafts it, the barracks of the gendarmes and the prison; few small towns have a courtroom more elegant and better distribuee and enlightened.

The rooms of the prisoners, placees above the courtroom, healthy, are aired, and they enjoy there a wide sight on the countryside. Courses roomy offer to the prisoners clean places has to take exercise, effective means of maintaining health at the unhappy ones deprive of their freedom.

A vault served by a vicar of the city, brings together every Sunday the prisoners of the two sexes; one known as a low mass, followed by an exhortation which has sometimes bears fruit there, while bringing back has religious principles misfortunes which had forget them.

Former prison
Crédit photo : (Former prison, coulommiers)

Heritage listed, historical monument, or having been under investigation

Structural information

Former prison, Prison begun in 1851 on the Mahallick plans, architect of the Department and according to the criteria of the ministerial circular of 1841 (cellular system or (...) Former prison, French Heritage monument to Coulommiers coulommiers, seine et marne

Location and general information

  • identifier : 125380
  • item : Ancienne prison
  • Location of the building :
    • Ile-de-France
    • Seine-et-Marne
    • Coulommiers
  • Address : impasse Venet-Rotival
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 77131
  • Zip code of the municipality : 77120
  • Order in the communal list : 2
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : prison
  • State :
    • the current state of the monument is not known.

Dates and times

  • Period of construction : 2 different epochs of evolution of the building.
    • 19th century
    • mid 19th century
  • Year : 1851
  • Date of protection : 1996/12/17 : inscrit MH
  • Date taken into account : 1998/09/22

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials:
    • We do not have this information.
  • Roofing :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors :
    • any information about this construction.
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • This element of the building is the subject of protection : fortified
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : the 1996 joint property
  • Details : Ancienne prison, y compris son enceinte et son terrain d' assiette (cad. AX 23, 24) : inscription par arrêté du 17 décembre 1996
  • Mérimée reference : PA77000002

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