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New Gaol, Bristol
General information
Town or city Bristol
Country England
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Completed 1832
Design and construction
Architect Richard Shackleton Pope

The New Gaol (also sometimes known as The Old City Gaol) is in Cumberland Road, Spike Island, Bristol England, which is close to the Bristol Harbour.


The Gaol was completed in 1832 by Richard Shackleton Pope after the original, which was designed by H.H Seward in 1816, In 1831, it was destroyed during the Bristol Riots and was never properly completed until 1872. The gaol was closed in 1883 due to poor conditions and was largely demolished in 1898. In 1884, Horfield Prison was built to replace it.

English Heritage designated The Gaol entrance wall and gateway and the south-east perimeter wall as a Grade II listed building. It is now the centre-piece of a redevelopment project in this area of the city.


Papers related to the New Gaol (Ref. 17128) (online catalogue), and plans including Ref. 17567/5 (online catalogue) and 4312/76 (online catalogue) are held at Bristol Archives.

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