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Sometimes called Cornhill, this former prison in Shepton Mallet was first opened sometime before 1625 AD and it was Britain’s oldest operating prison until it closed in 2013. According to an article on LondonLives.org this 400 year old correctional facility was originally built to comply with the 1610 AD ‘Bridewell Act’, which legislated that every county in England had such a prison house.
At the time it was recorded that men, women, and children were all incarcerated together, in reportedly “dreadful conditions” in which the jailers profited by selling booze to the prisoners. Expansion works in the early 19th century included the installation of a treadwheel for inmates sentenced to hard labor and according to writer Francis Disney in the 1992 book Shepton Mallet Prison (2 nd Edition) “40 men would tread the wheel for many hours at a time, a punishment which was recorded as causing hernias in some convicts”.
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Edited by JohnHermes, 06 September 2019 - 04:00 AM.