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Friday, 18 March 2016

Tourism bosses give Scarborough's old jail visitors the hard cell

Scarborough Museums Trust has teamed up with the borough council to offer tours around the town’s former jail on Dean Road, a building that isn’t usually open to the public.

Communications and events co-ordinator
Georgie Samuels at the old jail. Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
The Grade Two listed building opened in 1866, but only operated as a jail for 12 years. It provided accommodation for 36 men, 12 women and four debtors or juveniles. It’s believed that one of its first residents escaped by scraping away mortar which hadn’t fully set, and removing bricks.

Scarborough Borough Council uses it for storage, but the interior is preserved as it was in the 1800s.

Museum trust team members will lead the tours equipped with knowledge gleaned from current and former conservation officers Derek Green and Chris Hall.

Georgie Samuels, the trust's communications and events co-ordinator, said: “The old prison is one of Scarborough’s best kept secrets, and this is a rare opportunity to take a look around and hear about its fascinating history.”

Tours will take place at 11am and 2pm on 30 and 31 March, and 1, 6, 7 and 8 April. Places cost £5 and booked by calling Scarborough Art Gallery on 01723 374753.

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