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The Bridewell Undercroft

Underneath the Bridewell lies a secret….. the largest vaulted undercroft in the city. These rooms were part of the original medieval house and were used for storage.

The undercroft was also used to hold inmates when the building was a Bridewell (a house of correction and prison) and an inventory of 1813, lists ‘posts and chains’.  The undercroft would not have been a nice place to be; it would have been very cold and dark down there.

We are usually able to run tours of the Undercroft, but these are temporarily suspended due to Covid restrictions. We will update this page as the situation changes.