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Northallerton Prison opened its doors in 1788 - with its last inmate leaving in December 2013. During that time, it was home to male and female adult prisoners, women with children, young offenders, and military prisoners. Latterly the Ministry of Justice struggled to keep the old prison operating to modern standards, and citing the costs of doing so and the relatively small size of the institution, it closed.

Hambleton District Council bought the site in 2015 and before the demolition work began to take shape the authority opened its doors for limited public tours. 

The site is now closed for re-development, but all the resources on the tours are available on this website, as well as interactive virtual tours. 

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