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“This sure is a blast from the past”

Old Town Dungeon & Court House
Ranked #32 of 67 things to do in Stockport
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“This sure is a blast from the past”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

built in the side of the hill in the market place makes me wounder how thy fit folk in it but the size of the leg chaines well ill say no more go have a look its free ask at the herritage shop in St Marys church only open certon days thy will tell you dates of opening.

Visited December 2012
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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“When the punishment didn't always fit the crime”
Reviewed 11 March 2013

Situated In the Stockport Market's conservation area, The Old
Town Dungeon & Court House can be found on the corner of
Mealhouse Brow, and adjacent to the restored historic market hall.
We visited in December, on the Dickens Christmas market day,
and have always wanted to take a look inside the dungeon, so
took the opportunity whilst it was open. Our grandchildren were
with us and particularly fascinated to see inside, and also
once included a court house, which is not yet restored and not
open to the public. There isn't a lot to see, but what there is
gives the visitor a grizzly insight into the 17th century judicial
system when the stocks and flogging were all part of the
punishments meted-out just for petty crimes, and even a young
child could be held, pending a trial.The holding cell, which
can be experienced by descending a narrow stairway, where
the thief, or even a drunkard could be literally dropped into
to this once un-lit and rat infested holding cell, through a trap
door, which can still be seen. There was information displayed,
which included an account of a young boy who had been
incarcerated, pending his trial for stealing food, plus other
interesting facts, and included photos of hidden tunnels
beneath the market area, and on the day of our visit, there
was an account of life in the area being read out for visitors
during this period by one of the volunteers.
The dungeon, which is manned by Stockport Heritage
volunteers is not open on a daily basis, and is more likely to be
open during the summer months especially at weekends or on
heritage open days, when you can also include a visit to the
excellent Staircase House and Museum, which is on the far
side of the market hall. There is no entrance fee for the
dungeon and as mentioned earlier, this is quite a small
attraction, however, it should be put on your things to see list
whilst visiting Stockport's places of historical interest, and you
will no doubt find it very interesting and will make you thankful
that our judicial system has moved on since those times!.
Further information on open days may be found by contacting
the Stockport's tourist information centre, which is in Staircase
House.

Visited December 2012
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