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Shepton Mallet

1610 The Old Shepton Mallet Gaol, Somerset

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The conversion of 1610 The Old Shepton Mallet Gaol, the oldest working prison in England when it closed in 2013, will see this imposing Victorian building transformed in to a number of unusual character homes.

The listed cells blocks, former Treadwheel House and workshop buildings will all be turned into residential use, while the addition of sensitively designed new buildings will provide additional housing. The result will be a range of one, two and three bedroom homes with private parking, surrounded by high quality landscaping.

1610 The Old Shepton Mallet Gaol will be amongst the first prisons to ever be converted to residential use in the UK. As part of the redevelopment City & Country will also provide a museum and interpretative communal space, formed from converted cells within one of the prison’s wings.

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History of 1610 The Old Shepton Mallet Gaol

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.

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