Hexham Old Gaol

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Looking for: Historical, Heritage
Address: Hallgate
Hexham
Northumberland
Postcode: NE46 3NH
Kids Activity: Indoors and Outdoors
Telephone: 01434 652349
Website: Click Here

Hexham Gaol was ordered to be built in June 1330, making it the oldest purpose-built prison in England. Prisons existed before this, but were generally adapted from buildings originally used for other purposes. A prison in the Middle Ages could be as simple as a set of stocks.