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In 1585, Elizabeth I rebuilt upper storey of 12th century Keep.
Extensive modifications were undertaken during 18th century, converting castle into a prison. The use of which, has lasted for over 3 centuries. Separate complexes were built for female and male prisoners as well as a Wardens house. This wide-ranging refurbishment program began in 1788 with warden’s house and cumulated in prison for male inmates in 1796. The rooms of gatehouse were converted in to prison cells which were used to house debtors. These rooms were quite comfortable and reserved for those debtors who were able to lay their hands on a little money, enabling them to live a comfortable life compared to others in same predicament. Prior to that they were probably used and maintained by Castles Constable. This was not first time castle was used to house prisoners. A Reference to prisoners being held at castle dates back to 1196.
The last major build program undertaken at Lancaster Castle was in 1821 when a new female prison was built to design of Joseph Gandy who had been trained by James Wyatt and had worked for John Nash.
In Pt2 we will find out about infamous witch trials of 1612 and how you could have been transported to Australia during later half of 18th Century. You will learn about her Royal visitors and debtors prison.
I hope you have enjoyed this read and I look forward to your visit in Part 2.
Stuart Bazga www.guide-to-castles-of-europe.com
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