In the prisons
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June
Come along to Colchester Castle on either Saturday 9 or Sunday 10 June and meet Nick the Gaoler and his wife.
Watch and listen to Gaoler Nick and his wife as they describe the harsh reality of what life was like for prisoners in their cells. Hear about different types of prisoners, the harsh sentences that may await them, and the awful conditions that they lived in. Would you survive gaol fever?
You may be surprised to realise that the conditions in Colchester Castle’s prisons at this time were described as some of the worst in the country. This was before the days of human rights, and a cell which today would have no more than four inmates would have held 40! Many people also don’t realise that prisoners had to actually pay for their keep in prison, even if they were held awaiting trial and subsequently found not guilty.
These plays take place in the actual prisons of Colchester Castle and will enable you to experience the conditions in the prisons before the prison reform. You may gasp at these and other revelations about what you might have encountered if you were unlucky enough to have been sent here!
There is no need to book for this event; performances take place at 11am (Sat only), 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. The performances are FREE, after normal admission to the Castle has been paid.
Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Open: Mon – Sat, 10am to 5pm and Sun 11am to 5pm
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Contact Laura Welham, PR and Press Officer, Colchester Borough Council. Telephone: 01206 508782 or 07815088150
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