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 in 2018.

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.

Latest: We have two new gallery additions, pictures of the Archaeological dig and their finds, and some pictures of school trips, visits and prison open days.

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