History Explorer: 19th-century prison reform
As part of our series in which experts nominate UK locations to illustrate wider historical topics, Alyson Brown visits Beaumaris Gaol, a 19th-century prison where inmates were punished with hard labour. Plus, we explore five related places
Standing in Beaumaris Gaol, a prison museum in Anglesey, I can hear the mournful cries of seagulls echo through the building, as they’ve done since the prison was opened in 1829. In a part of the country known best for outstanding medieval castles, Beaumaris Gaol is a fascinating heritage site and has survived in a relatively complete state.