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Prisoners at Horsemonger Lane Gaol

A scandalous affair! Local historian and author, Chris Hicks, tells us about some of the earliest prisoners at Horsemonger Lane Gaol. One early occupant of Horsemonger Lane Gaol was one Richard Vining Perry together with his pregnant wife and her…

Kirkdale House of Correction

Local historian, Rob Keep, tells us some interesting facts about the the Kirkdale House of Correction. This House of Correction was built in conjunction as many were, with a Sessions House, which opened in 1821, and where the Quarter Sessions…

Wymondham Heritage Museum

Neil Haverson, one of the curators at the Wymondham Heritage Museum, tells us the fascinating history of this former county Bridewell and police station. The first Bridewell in the market town of Wymondham, dates from 1619 when the basement of…

Middlewich House of Correction

Local historian Rob Keep tells us more about the Middlewich House of Correction in Cheshire. As shown in a local history plaque, on Queen Street, the original House of Correction was built in the 1630s, on the site of the…

Lock-ups in Tring, Hertfordshire

Opened in January 1914, Tring Police Station is the oldest station still in use in Hertfordshire. Shelley Savage, from the Tring & District Local History & Museum Society, gives us a tour ‘behind the blue door’, and tells us the…

The Castle Cary Round House

Local historian, Chris Hicks, tells us about the various uses of the Castle Cary Round House over its lifetime, from holding pen for truant children to licensed wedding venue… Primarily intended for the temporary incarceration of drunkards and other miscreants,…

Restoring the Old Police Station in Chipping Campden

In this blog, Carol Jackson of the Chipping Campden History Society explains how the restoration of the Old Police Station was made possible through the establishment of a community venture scheme: The Peelers Trust. The Old Police Station in Chipping…

The Lock-up in Ashwell, Hertfordshire

by David Short, local historian. In May 1994, Anglia News broadcast a piece in which I was seen to lock up a group of children in the Lock-up and walk away apparently without a care in the world. A few…

The history of Bridewell

We’re delighted to share the history of Bridewell Palace from author David Breakspear.   A House of Correction in 16th century England did exactly what it said on the tin. They were established to correct what was considered as disorderly…

Ripon House of Correction

  By Leah Mellors, Curator, Ripon Museum Trust Ripon Prison & Police Museum tells the story of the police and prisons services in Yorkshire and the Humber since the early 1800s. The museum is housed in a complex of buildings…