Northallerton Prison was home to tens of thousands of inmates
over its 230 year history. As the first
custom built jail in England, it is significant in the history of penal reform
– and is the likely reason Northallerton became a county town.
It was bought by Hambleton District Council in the summer of
2015 two years after being closed by the Ministry of Justice – and is now the
lynchpin of ambitious plans to transform the centre of Northallerton.
The council is entering into partnership with a developer to
transform the site – see more in Future Plans. Demolition of all but the five listed
buildings will be completed this summer (2017) ready for redevelopment to begin
This website also contains information on the prison’s history
as well as a virtual tour of the site pre-demolition and resources from the
2015 programme of public tours.