3pm to 5pm, Sunday 7 October 2018
Join us for this unusual visit to the former Shepton Mallet Prison.
Over it's 400 year history it has served a variety of purposes including use as a military prison, protective custody of important historical documents including the Domesday Book during World War 2 and was also used by the American Military during this period. Many of the prisoners there were lifers and the infamous Kray Twins once served time there where they met their arch rival Charlie Richardson.
The tour will last for 2 hours and our guide will be an ex prison officer who once managed those very wings. As well as learning about the prison's history, it's daily life, visits and prison work, we will hear some anecdotes of individual prisoners. We will also learn the origin of the term "screw".
Our tour will commence at 3pm and cover approximately 1 mile and 200 stairs so please wear suitable shoes and warm clothing (the heating was turned off 4 years ago). Please note that regrettably there is no access for wheelchair users. Meet at the reception point just by the prison entrance 10 minutes before our tour is due to commence. Parking on Frithfield Lane is very limited but there is ample public car parking available nearby.
We hope to see you there!