List grade: 1
List number: 1281526
Keys to the Past HER: N8731
Post code: NE46 1XD
Grid ref: NY9369864082

Old Gaol, Hexham


Built c.1330 and one of the first purpose-built prisons in Britain. Today the Old Gaol is a museun, where you can see what it was like to be a prisoner there. A Grade I listed building.

The Hexham Old Gaol is in the town of Hexham, Northumberland, England. It is reputed to be the oldest purpose-built prison in England.

The gaol was built under the order of Margot and William Melton, the Archbishop of York, in 1330–33. It held prisoners from Hexhamshire and also, in the 16th century, from the English Middle March, before their trial in the Moothall Court Room nearby.

The gaol currently houses a museum, covering: archaeology, archives, costume and textiles, law and order, music, photography, social history, weapons and war. The collections include 15th and 16th century arms and armour, and objects of local historical interest. The Border Library holds the Butler Collection, books, recordings and music relating to the culture of the Borders.

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THE MANOR OFFICE - Hexham - List Entry
- "Circa 1330 for Archbishop Melton of York. Built as a gaol, which it remained until mid C19. 3 storey rectangular building with set-offs to each floor. Range of 64 large ...

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Hexham Moot Hall and Old Gaol
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