Historic Sites of Manitoba: Headingley Gaol (RM of Headingley)

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This correctional facility in the Rural Municipality of Headingley was designed by Winnipeg architectural firm of Pratt and Ross and built between 1929 and 1930 by St. Boniface-based contractor Joseph Lorenzo Guay.

In the centre of the complex was the two-storey administration building that housed offices for the complex and the receiving room that prisoners would be brought to when they first came to the facility along with medical rooms, governor’s office, chief turnkey’s quarters, laundry room, and work rooms. The three-storey east and west blocks contains the cells for the prisoners with 56 cells on each floor, 448 cells in total. The end of the west block contained the death cells and the execution room. The complex also contained a auditorium building.





John Crawford Downie (1864-1942)


Royal Burritt (1876-1962)


Staff Sargeant Edward Weeks


Sargeant Sidney H. B. Littlewood


William Ellis Lawson (c1912-1970)


Reverend Eric G. Cox


Douglas Henry Walter “Doug” Lawrence (1926-2015)


John Michael Gillingham


Alvin H. Carruthers


Reginald A. Forester


Albert Stuart


Paul Levielle - Acting


Reginald A. Forester


Denis B. Lemoine


Lawrence Robert “Larry” Krocker (1948-2004)


Denis B. Lemoine


Reginald A. Forester


James Ross

Photos & Coordinates

Architectural drawing of the Headingley Gaol

Architectural drawing of the Headingley Gaol (1929)
Source: Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1929, page 7

Site Location (lat/long): N49.87032, W97.43793
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Headingley Gaol Cemetery (RM of St. Francois Xavier)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Industrial Farm / Prison Farm (RM of Reynolds)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central Judicial District Gaol and Courthouse (20 Third Street SE, Portage la Prairie)

Manitoba Business: Pratt and Ross

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Lorenzo Guay (1890-1962)


“Plans for new provincial jail,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1929, page 7.

“Govt. accepts $198,991 tender,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 July 1929, page 2.

Turnkey to Case Manager: The Professionalisation of the Correctional Officer Headingley Correctional Institution, Manitoba, 1930-1996 by Christian J. R Stansfield, MA Thesis, University of Manitoba, 2001. Appendix B / page 155.

We thank Lois Braun, Nathan Kramer, and Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 March 2024

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