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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  • list arrowWould you wee in your dining room?

    Victorian gentlemen did! Some dining rooms (like ours) had a special cupboard to house a chamber pot so all the gentlemen could go for a wee without leaving the table (once the ladies had left the room, of course!).

     

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