Hexham Old Gaol
Hexham Old Gaol
Built in 1330 this is the oldest custom built prison in England and has a befittingly rich history of plagues, bribed guards and jail breaks for your discovery amongst many other interesting stories! There's nothing too gory or disturbing but of course young or sensitive types may need a chat about a few things afterwards as historical law does tend to be notably harsh! In the 1820s the prison relinquished it's function and prisoners were split between the nearby Morpeth Gaol and the Hexham House of Correction, but it was sympathetically refurbished in 1980 and it's current incarnation is a fascinating fanily oriented museum dedicated to the deep and specific history of the building and it's itinerary of punishments, including branding, banishment, pillory and stocks! Great for kids of school age and interesting for everyone in the family as well as being a lovely perspective check for kids on why they should bloomin' well behave when asked nicely!
There are relatively modern and interactive displays within the immense stone walls now, plus some great textile based displays of armor and costume of the periods the building has experienced.
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It may be worth checking out Hexham Old Gaol's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
Telephone: 01434 652349
Their prices seem a bit out of date but last recorded was:
Definitely worth checking ahead if you're really count in the pennies. Opening Times: 2015 Opening Details:
February and November, open Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm, last admissions 4pm.
March to end October open daily 10am to 4.30pm, last admissions 4pm.
Open by appointment only December and January.
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