The Old Gaol (Hexham)
The Old Gaol is a rectangular stone tower with three floors. It has stone walls, over 2m thick at ground level. It entered through a door on the west side. The building has two large stone cellars, which were originally used as prisons. They were entered through a trapdoor in the floor of the ground floor. It was one of the first purpose-built prisons in Britain, and was built in the mid-14th century. It is a Scheduled Monument and Grade I Listed Building protected by law.
|Historical period:||Medieval (1066 to 1540)|
|Legal status:||Conservation area|
Scheduled Ancient Monument
|Event(s):||FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1956; E Geary|
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1966; J R Foster
FIELD SURVEY, Archaeological Survey of Hexham 1988; ARCHAEOLOGICAL UNIT FOR NORTH EAST ENGLAND
PHOTOGRAMMETRIC SURVEY, The Two Towers of Hexham - The Old Gaol 1992; P Ryder
FIELD OBSERVATION, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
Source of Reference
Local History of Hexham
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