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In prison today.

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ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 13 Apr 2013 22:03

I had some retail therapy today in Oxford and went in the prison one of my ancestors was in before he was sent to Australia. But it is a Hotel now ;-)

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 13 Apr 2013 22:38

Ah, Zzz, if only the clientel knew.

Winchester's old Prison (In Jewry Street) was a furniture shop. It's now a Wetherspoons pub called the old Gaolhouse.
Apparently, the cells are still underneath.

Suzanne

Suzanne Report 13 Apr 2013 22:45

my uncle is a scientist in oxford uni, we went there last year,its a lovely place.x :-D

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 13 Apr 2013 23:06

Love the indoor market in Oxford :-D

ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 13 Apr 2013 23:06

Maggiewinchester.
I would need to investigate that, but before I had any alcohol.
Suzanne.
It is very nice and it is still set out like a prison, jolly expensive though me thinks.

ann

ann Report 13 Apr 2013 23:11

Love Oxford. My ancestors came from Headington Quarry. Was only there last year in the prison. Found it a bit errie. I believe still a Hedges butchers in the indoor market?

ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 13 Apr 2013 23:18

Just looked at the prices, nearly 200 quid a night!!!!!!!!
My ancestors are from Ewelme - shiplake, still investigating those areas.

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 14 Apr 2013 13:51

Cardiff prison now has a restaurant for the public staffed by inmates

ZZzzz

ZZzzz Report 14 Apr 2013 14:17

Oh er, not sure I would go there Ann :-\

RolloTheRed

RolloTheRed Report 14 Apr 2013 15:18

I was imprisoned in Baghdad. I can't say that it was a terrific experience. The jail is still there full of prisoners. AFAIK there are no plans to convert it into a tourist center or coffee shop mores the pity.

A C19 rellie was given 6 months hard labour for the heinous offense of running a bingo hall - oh yes they were hard men then. Not being used to HMP he died 6 months after being released aged 50. Most of his immediate family emigrated to New Zealand where they prosper to this day. And the prison ? Still full of unhappy prisoners.

I was also imprisoned in Canterbury though released and charges withdrawn. And yes they are closing the horrible place. Heaven knows what will become of it.
as the city has a full complement of coffee shops.