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Town Gaol, Tamworth, Staffordshire

Tamworth Town Gaol located in the town hall on the Market Place, which was erected in 1701.

In 1835, it was reported that:

There is a Gaol in the borough, but of a very inferior description. It is used only as a place of confinement prior to commitment; prisoners committed for trial being always sent to the county gaol. It would be wholly unfit for the purpose of protracted imprisonment, and can hardly be said to be a fit place, even for the temporary confinement of persons detained, not for the purpose of punishment, but of safe custody alone. It is, in fact, a mere dungeon, being situated under the town hall. It consists of a single room with excavations in the wall, in which the prisoners sleep. There is no sufficient admission of light or air, nor any yard or place in which the prisoners may take exercise


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  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has a wide variety of crime and prison records going back to the 1770s, including calendars of prisoners, prison registers and criminal registers.
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  • Prison-related records on Ancestry UK include Prison Commission Records, 1770-1951, and local records from London, Swansea, Gloucesterhire and West Yorkshire. More information.
  • The Genealogist also has a number of National Archives' prison records. More information.


  • Prison Oracle - resources those involved in present-day UK prisons.
  • GOV.UK - UK Government's information on sentencing, probation and support for families.