County Court Debtors' Yard, Stafford Gaol

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Date:1869 - 1871 (c.)

Description:Imprisonment for debtors was abolished in 1870, but this did not extend to those who failed to pay penalties imposed by the County Court.

Debtors were allowed privileges such as hot meals, if they could pay for them, and were segregated from the other prisoners.

The old debtors' prison is now a trade training area for inmates. Beneath it are four 19th century cells which are the oldest remaining at Stafford Gaol.

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Donor ref:SAMS Acc. No., P82.54.15, img: 103 (8/665)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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