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Prison open day this weekend

Published on Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Prison open day

Local people have one last chance to have a look inside the former Northallerton prison this weekend.

Hambleton District Council is hosting an open day on Saturday – July 14 – to allow visitors to check out recent archaeological work.  They can also have a look inside the former female wing.

Archaeologists are in the final days of excavation before redevelopment work begins.  Members of the York Archaeological Trust (YAT) have been looking at an area close to the listed buildings and the old courthouse wall.    It follows previous digs which uncovered the foundations of the old treadmill and kitchen chimney.

The open day is from 11am until 3pm – last admission 2.30pm.  Sturdy shoes are recommended.  Entrance and exit is from the Crosby Road side of the site – not from the original gatehouse.

The site is being redeveloped by the Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd – a partnership between Hambleton District Council and Wykeland Group.  Plans for the site are currently on display at the Civic Centre in Northallerton – they include retail, restaurant, cinema, digital hub and public open space.  They are expected to be submitted for planning permission later this summer.

The excavation area will also be open for informal viewing on Thursday and Friday – between 11am and 12noon and from 1 – 2pm.  Entrance is from Crosby Road.