Ancestry UK

Guildhall Prison, Poole, Dorset

Poole's original Guildhall, or Town Hall, erected in 1572 on Fish Street (now Castle Street) and included a prison. A plaque now commemorates the six-month imprisonment there in the 1660s of the non-conformist Rev. John Wesley, the grandfather of the founder of Methodism.

In 1761, the Guildhall moved to a new building on Market Street.


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  • Prison Oracle - resources those involved in present-day UK prisons.
  • GOV.UK - UK Government's information on sentencing, probation and support for families.