Properties at 1792 The Old Gloucester Gaol, Gloucester

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The conversion of 1792 The Old Gloucester Gaol will see the transformation of the listed former prison buildings in to a number of unique and interesting new homes, close to a range of stylish restaurants and shops in the popular Gloucester Docks area.

At the centre of the site lies the Grade II* listed former Main Prison Building, which along with the Grade II listed former Debtors Prison, Governor’s House and Outer Gatehouse will all be turned into residential use, while the addition of seven sensitively designed new buildings within the grounds will provide additional housing. The result will be an exciting range of contemporary one, two and three bedroom homes with private parking, surrounded by a high quality landscape that will include the display of fascinating medieval archaeological remains that were uncovered during the planning application stage.

As part of the redevelopment, the former Chapel in the Main Prison Building will also be turned into community space or potentially a restaurant/café, to provide a vibrant heart of the development and taking in the characterful surroundings of the former prison.

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History of 1792 The Old Gloucester Gaol, Gloucester Development

  • 1625

    In 1625 a House of Correction was established on the site of the current prison. This was following an act of 1609 passed by King James I which stated that all counties should maintain such an establishment. The House of Correction was used to house people awaiting trial, debtors and those sentenced to short terms with hard labour for minor offences.

  • 1777

    In 1777, the philanthropist and noted prison reformer, John Howard published his book The State of Prisons in 1777. The book argued vehemently that major reforms in the penal systems where needed including; the separation of men and women based on the severity of their crimes, the need for increased levels of hygiene, wholesome food and humane treatment of inmates which included regular medical checks. Howard visited the prison at Shepton Mallet and was appalled at the conditions he saw.

  • 1779

    As a result of the 1779 Penitentiary Act which required prisons across England to be reformed, additional land was purchased in 1817 and existing buildings were rebuilt and extended on the current Shepton Mallet site.1830 and 1900Between the 1830s and early 1900s Significant alterations were made to the site with various additions, rebuilds and conversions taking place.

  • 1930

    In 1930 it was recommended that the prison was shut due to falling inmate numbers. After nine years lying empty the British Military took hold of the prison in the 1939 and the buildings were used as accommodation for soldiers, secure storage for military papers and public records including the Magna Carter and Domesday Book. From 1945 the prison was used as a military prison for those discharged after completing their sentence. Famous inmates during this time included the Kray twins.

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  • 1966

    In 1966 the prison returned to civilian use until its closure in January 2013. At the time of its closure Shepton Mallet was considered the oldest operating prison in the UK.

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