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Close Gate Gaol, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland

By the 1770s, a small gaol was in operation in the town's Close Gate, located towards the western end of The Close in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

In 1784, John Howard wrote:

A small gaol, the Tower in the Close, consisting of three rooms over the gate-way. No court: no sewer: no water. Allowance, two pence a day, and coals. Salary, £10. Fees, 1s.

1775, Jan. 8,Prisoners 2.1779, June 30,Prisoncrs 1.
1776, Jan. 15,1.1782, Mar. 25,2.

The Close Gate was demolished in 1797.

Close Gate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, c.1790.


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