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Bodmin Jail


Bodmin’s 18th century jail has been turned into a fascinating museum revealing what life was like for a Georgian prisoner.

TEL:01208 76292
Bodmin Jail, Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2NR

OPENING TIMES

9.
30am - 5pm daily

Bodmin Jail is a fantastic family day out, come rain or shine. The original jail was constructed in 1779 for King George III and was built by the prisoners using 20,000 tonnes of granite, which was brought from “Cuckoo Quarry”. The jail had different isolation areas, for felons, misdemeanants and debtors. Men and women were totally segregated. The prisoners had hot water, a chapel, infirmary and individual sleeping cells.

In 1850 the jail closed as it was deemed unfit for purpose and a new 220 cell jail was built. Part of this was transferred to the Royal Navy and the HM Royal Navy Prison begun. The female jail was closed in 1911 and the male prison was shut in 1916 as the prisoners went to fight in the First World War.

During the First World War the Jail held state papers and the Doomsday Book. The Crown Jewels have also been kept here for safety.

There have been 60 executions at Bodmin between 1735 and 1909, 8 of which have been women. The first executions took place on Bodmin Common for everyone to see. In 1840 two brothers were executed and a crowd of around 25,000 people turned out to watch.

The jail is a rare heritage asset, which had been left to fall into disrepair until the current owners bought it in 2004. The building is fascinating, steeped in social and architectural history.

You can imagine what it was living as a 19th century prisoner, being held in the damp, dark, dank cells, knowing that each day would be extremely hard. The jail is reputedly haunted by many ghosts, including Selina Wadge, who murdered her young child in 1878. She was hung using the measured drop method and was the first private execution. Ghost Tours are regularly held at the jail.

New basement rooms have recently been unearthed and along with new displays and exhibits it is a truly memorable experience!

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