Her Majesty's prison at Holloway is an imposing building, modern in date and castellated in design, with excellently arranged accommodation. It is the chief gaol for London and the county of Middlesex, and is constantly in evidence owing to the fact that prisoners awaiting trial are thither sent. Holloway' Gaol also offers hospitality to debtors, to female convicted prisoners, and to a few special offenders, such as those who have committed contempt of court. It is a curious sight to see the women who have served their sentences discharged from the main gate, shown above. Lieut.-Colonel E. S. Milman combines in his person two offices, being Governor of both Holloway and Newgate prisons. Pentonville Prison is less than hall a mile distant.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896