Ancestry UK

Borough Gaol, Dartmouth, Devon

By 1812, Borough Gaol was in operation at Dartmouth (then formally referred to a Clifton-Dartmouth and Hardness, or Clifton-Dartmouth-Hardness). It was located on Hanover Place (now Anzac Street), Dartmouth. It could then house up to four prisoners.

In 1835, it was reported that "The Gaol is a modern building, but is far from being convenient. There is no sufficient space for exercise, and no means of putting the prisoners to work."

The prison closed in about 1855. A property on the street now known as Town Cottage (or the Pink House) is reputed to have formed at least part of the prison.


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