Category Archives: Shepton Mallet Prison

Shepton Mallet Prison - turning a prison into luxury homes

“Plushly renovated prisons make for secure, quirky homes with colourful histories”, but should the bodies stay or go?

The Daily Mail recently trumpeted that: "Plushly renovated prisons make for secure, quirky homes with colourful histories".  The article about Shepton Mallet Prison was discussing the merits of moving into  a £125,000  cell turned  flat with one or two bedrooms, up to £500,000 for a family — or gang-sized — four-bedroom home. While the idea of living in a secure  quirky new luxury home in an old Somerset market town was being pushed out to the media, there was another more pressing Read more [...]
Shepton Lantern Parade

Shining a light on a vision for a town

Shepton was shining last night with around 100 lanterns made and paraded with pride from Collett Park to the Market Place. Young and old, long-standing residents and those new to the town reflect what Shepton IS. A creative community spirit clear to us all. A town with rich heritage, historic architecture of sheep farming, cloth production and brewing; the large-scale food and drink and nascent creative industries that we see today. The town came together and pulled in people from the surrounding Read more [...]

Is Shepton Mallet on the cusp of losing an important piece of its history and a potential heritage and tourism asset?

City & Country ran the third of four public consultations on the future use of Shepton Mallet Prison this week.   Once again the foreboding Prison gates were swung open to a queue of people keen to get inside. This is a place that has shut out much of the local community since the 1600s, while housing the infamous - including the Kray brothers. The Magna Carta, Domesday Book and the agreement signed between Neville Chamberlain and Hitler at the Munich Conference in September 1938, as well Read more [...]

HMP Shepton Mallet: Who Cares? Guest blog by Alison Carroll

I am going to start with a confession. I have only lived in the area for 15 years. I have no historic connection to Shepton Mallet. I have no connection to HMP Shepton Mallet. Do I care about the future of the place? Yes, but only in the sense that I care that it is a listed building; a place with 400 years history; a place who’s redevelopment could influence Shepton Mallet’s future. Until last week I didn’t know why Claire Sully [1], founder of ‘Creating a Vision and Future for Read more [...]

Shepton Mallet Prison – If These Walls Could Speak. Guest blog by Alison Carroll

Much to my surprise the walls of the former HM Prison Shepton Mallet did speak to me on July 14th as I attended the second consultation event organised by City and Country ahead of the prison’s redevelopment. I was taken on a whirlwind tour of the exhibition and prison buildings by a very enthusiastic six year old (my son). It was hard to take it all in but towards the end the walls spoke. They urged me to slow down, stop, look, listen, learn. How was I to respond to the questions asked during Read more [...]

Shepton Mallet Prison – Public Consultation Begins

Shepton Mallet prison in Somerset - officially known as HMP Cornhill - has been home to thousands of convicts since opening its doors in 1610. On Wednesday, the current owners – heritage property developers City and Country – opened the prison gates to the public for an entirely different reason. City and Country, along with their partners PPS Group, rolled into the town to consult with local people about the prison. PPS Group describe themselves as “property PR specialists who can develop Read more [...]

City and Country meet and greet – Shepton Mallet Prison’s Vision one step closer?

They came en masse from City and Country - the new owners of Shepton Mallet Prison - to the town last week.  This was a charm offensive on behalf of City and Country rooted in  a genuine wish to get to know the local perspective concerning the prison’s future a little better. I was invited to meet the City and Country team because of the local community consultation work I am doing around creating a vision and future use for this historic Shepton Mallet landmark. The contingent from City Read more [...]

Shepton Mallet Prison sale – hopes for the local community following the announcement of new owners

Shepton Mallet Prison was one of seven prison closures announced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in January 2013 to save on running costs. The prison, established as a House of Correction in 1625, to comply with an Act of King James I in 1609, had cost the taxpayer more than £140,000 a year just to keep it mothballed. The buyer of the Shepton Mallet prison was revealed just before Christmas. City and Country, a development group specialising in the conversion of listed and historic buildings Read more [...]