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Report (Permission Visit) H.M.P. Lancaster Castle Prison - July 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Derelict-UK, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. Derelict-UK

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    Her Majesty's Prison Lancaster Castle

    Lancaster Castle is one of the oldest castle’s in England. It has been used as a prison since 1196. In its years as a prison, its most famous inmates were the Pendle Witches who were tried and held at the castle. The castle still has two courts in use (and by law, protected from photography), one a large civil court that was also once used to try the Birmingham Six and second a small crown court which has a rare witness box which is positioned so the witness is actually higher than the judge.

    The prison also liked its fair share of hangings, the following is a section of Wiki:

    It is said that over 7,000 people attended the final public hanging.

    The prison originally had a male and female wing but in the Twentieth Century this was changed to single (male) sex.

    The prison closed in 2011 and after an application to turn part of it into a hotel was refused, it is now a tourist attraction and working courts combined.

    I can remember going to college in Lancaster and a friend living (literally) a stones throw from here and always imagining what it would look like inside so it was great to finally get a peek. Apparently they turned part of it into a 3 night only rave too! 500 people in a small wing, intimate!!

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  2. Telf

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    Very cool, thanks for sharing :thumb
     
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    Nice photos. My only critique, is the maybe watermark is a tad too large.
     
  4. Leeds(Ex)plorer

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    as above on the watermark but great photos :thumb
     
  5. Derelict-UK

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    Tanks for the feedback, I appreciate the constructive comments on the watermark but it has gone through many versions over the years and I am happy to stick with this one. But noted anyway.
     
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    Now thats nice mate the building exterior alone is worth photographing :thumb
     
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    I used to have to walk past the thing every day. Never thought I'd see the inside though. Good going.
     
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    Did this last October, it's disappointing really that they only let you into a minisule part of what was the live jail..that and not being able to photo the courts sucks.

    One day hopefully all will be accessible.
     
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    Brilliant! Thanks for documenting.
     
  11. EasyRiser

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    Walk past this every day to work, did the same tour earlier this year, there are plans to open more up to the public, I wouldn't mind having having a look down those gated stairs opposite the cafe they look pretty dungeony, also a walk along the roof/ ramparts would be nice.
     
  12. scotty markfour

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    i was an extra in a zombie film that was shot inside the main prison part , we played the part of rioting prisoners trying to get out because of a zombie outbreak in the prison
     
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