Saturday, July 24, 2010

Medieval prison’s future as an attraction

A historic prison which has operated in a castle for centuries looks set to close.

Lancaster Castle, parts of which date back to the 12th century, is thought to be the only prison and court still operating in a medieval castle.

But the building in the city centre is also a popular tourist destination and theatre venue, which is said to have become outdated and too expensive to maintain.

Talks are currently taking place between the Ministry of Justice, Lancaster Council and the Duchy of Lancaster, which owns the castle, about ending its use as a prison.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, said: “We have entered discussions with the Duchy of Lancaster and the local council about the future of HMP Lancaster Castle because it is outdated and expensive to run.

“As the previous Chief Inspector of Prisons made clear, it is difficult to run a modern training prison in a medieval castle....

Click here to read the article from the Lancashire Evening Post