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Boys' Schoolroom, Stafford Gaol,

Originally prisoners would have been taught in their cells, education being one of the prison chaplain's duties. By 1852 a schoolmaster and schoolmistress had been appointed and a room in the prison ...

Broadsheet - Staffordshire Lent Assizes, 1845

A broadsheet detailing the sentences for prisoners at the Staffordshire Lent Assizes, at the Shire Hall, Stafford in 1845. The judges were The Right Hon. Sir Frederick Pollock, Knight; and Thomas Joshua ...

Calendar of Prisoners at Quarter Sessions, Stafford

The courts of Quarter Sessions were established in 1362 and sat for over 600 years until their abolition in 1971. The court’s initial function was judicial – to hear criminal cases – but over time the ...

Caroline Pulley, Stafford Gaol

From the Stafford Gaol Photograph Albums, 1877-1916, this photograph taken at Stafford Gaol, and shows prisoner 4408, Caroline Pulley. Prisoners were required to show their hands to the camera, but Caroline ...

Cooking Kitchen, Stafford Gaol,

Ovens and cooking equipment in the cooking kitchen. The kitchen block was built in the 1860s.

County Court Debtors' Yard, Stafford Gaol

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 ...

Execution of Charles Moore

A broadsheet detailing the life, trial and exection of Charles Moore. Charles Moore and Edward Welsh were convicted of the murder of John and Jane Blackburn at Ash Flats Farm, near Stafford. They ...

Execution of George Bentley

A broadsheet detailing the trial and execution of George Bentley of Mill Meece, near Eccleshall. Bentley was convicted of the murder of John Poole of Croxton, at Walk Mill at Offley Brook, near Eccleshall. ...

Exercise Yard, Stafford Gaol,

Exercise yard situated in the south east corner of the new prison block. This is now (2017) the exercise yard for A and B wing prisoners.

Exercise Yard, Women's Prison, Stafford Gaol,

Female prisoners at silent exercise. They are supervised by a wardress in the sentry box. This area is now (2017) the exercise yard for D wing inmates. Note the woman holding a child on the far right; ...

Insolvent Debtors' Yard, Stafford Gaol,

Imprisonment for debt was abolished in 1870. Debtors were allowed privileges such as being allowed to read or talk and were segregated from the other prisoners.

Ironing Room, Stafford Gaol,

Female prisoners ironing in the laundry. The laundry provided clean linen for the gaol.

Laundry Room, Stafford Gaol,

The laundry was located at the rear of the women's gaol, and gave employment to the female prisoners. The laundry provided clean linen for the gaol.

Laundry Washing Cubicles, Stafford Gaol,

The prison laundry provided employment for female inmates and clean linen for the gaol. These washing cubicles kept the prisoners apart during their work.

Morning Prayers, Women's Prison, Stafford Gaol,

Morning prayers were taken in the corridor of the women's prison; services were performed in the chapel. When the chapel was rebuilt in 1852 a gallery was installed at the southern end for the female ...

New Prison Block, Stafford Gaol,

The new male prison block was built in the 1846 to help ease the overcrowded conditions. Each cell, fitted with gas lighting and a water supply, was designed for one prisoner to live and work in. The ...

Prisoners Returning from Labour, Stafford Gaol,

Labour in Victorian prisons could consist of stone-breaking, pin-heading, oakum picking (untwisting lengths of old tarred rope) and working on the treadwheels. Here prisoners are returning from labour ...

Promotional stunt for Odeon Cinema, Stafford

Dennis Holland outside Stafford Police station dressed as prisoner, a character from the film 'In the Nick' a British comedy film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Anthony Newley, Anne Aubrey, Bernie ...