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The Cage, Plympton Erle, Devon

The Plympton Erle Town Gaol was originally located in a house at the north side of Fore Street belonging to the mayor and corporation, and known as The Cage.

In 1780, when cells were added to the Guildhall, 100 yards to the west of The Cage, the gaol moved there. The Cage then became used as an overnight store for unsold goods from the regular markets that were held on Fore Street.


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