Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

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2012

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Jedburgh is one of the Scottish Borders Abbey towns, and its beautiful Abbey stands proudly at the entrance to the town when approached from the south. On the hill behind it stands the old Castle Jail which I found to be even more fascinating than the Abbey. It stands on the site of a 12th century motte and bailey castle which was destroyed in 1409. In 1823 its remaining stonework was removed to create a Howard Reform Prison which is the only remaining example in Scotland. Cells are in tact, original records can be read and a full, detailed and at times sobering portrait of life in a 19th century "reform" prison is depicted. Constant activity was seen to be the main cure or punishment, depending on your view, and when no productive work could be found, prisoners were put to turning wheels for no practical purpose.

There are also remains from its mediaeval period and a wealth of imformation about the burgh in general.

A vibrant and exciting attraction (it's haunted too!) children and adults will find much to enjoy.

From Jedburgh it's easy to get to the other Abbey towns and stately homes in the area. We had a very good day out.

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