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Legacies - Derby

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Architectural Heritage
Derby's Friar Gate Gaol print, 1826
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Improving a prisoner's lot in Derby

In early 19th Century Derby, the issue of gaol conditions and prisoner treatment was as contentious as it is today. The stark differences between Friar Gate County Gaol and its replacement at Vernon Street reflect a major shift in ideology. From little more than holding pens for the courts or scaffold, the modern-day concept of prisons as places for criminals to "serve their time" was born.

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