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« Reply #210 on: November 05, 2017, 10:23:26 AM »

From the letters page of the latest Radio Times

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« Reply #211 on: November 05, 2017, 05:40:34 PM »

Having spent time in Shepton Mallett prison, I shall watch with interest. I believe it has the longest continuous wall in Europe. I found three bishops outside it, looking for the gate.
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« Reply #212 on: November 05, 2017, 08:53:54 PM »

Shepton Mallet prison is supposedly being redeveloped into housing. Along with a prisons museum and community space.

There is though little evidence of progress toward this since the last prison in Somerset closed in 2013.

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« Reply #213 on: November 10, 2017, 10:59:42 AM »

Shepton Mallet prison tours are run by Jailhouse Tours, who also operate tours at Gloucester and Shrewsbury prisons. I visited Gloucester prison earlier in the year, and found it to be most interesting.

https://www.jailhousetours.com/
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« Reply #214 on: November 10, 2017, 07:47:22 PM »

Shepton Mallet prison tours are run by Jailhouse Tours, who also operate tours at Gloucester and Shrewsbury prisons. I visited Gloucester prison earlier in the year, and found it to be most interesting.

https://www.jailhousetours.com/

I am also a veteran of HMPs Bristol, Guys Marsh, Dartmoor, Eastwood Park (which scared me more than any of the others), Long Lartin, Littlehey, and others. I should have mentioned that I always had a "get out of jail free" card at the very least.

It's even more interesting when it is still actually a prison. I could spout anecdotes to cover every emotion, but won't do online. Ask me next time you see me.
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« Reply #215 on: November 10, 2017, 10:01:29 PM »

I played rugby against Aylesbury Athletic a few times....it was actually HMYOI Aylesbury  (and no, they didn't play any away matches!) Team was inmates, mostly under 21s with a few Screws playing & coaching.....we played on a pitch in the prison grounds.....if you ever want to put youngsters off a life of crime, take them there for a day or two. One of the most thought provoking & sobering experiences I ever had....not often you meet 19 year olds doing a 15 stretch, never mind scrummaging against them!
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