Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.

Prison Cell Door

There are two sets of cells for you to visit - the original 1820s pair is furnished with straw mattress and privy. Stairs outside the heavy doors lead straight to the dock. Graffiti, with prisoners' names and their sentences can be seen scratched on the wall at the foot of the stair. The upstairs cells are c. 1900 additions and contain displays on the Radnorshire Constabulary, the judges and Presteigne gaol - reputedly one of the worst in Britain.

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    Having a shower in Victorian times meant a line of maids passing water up a ladder to the final one who poured it over your head whilst you stood in your metal frame or tent contraption - you can see one at Erdigg, an historic house near Wrexham, North Wales.

     

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