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A history of selling an ancient prison in Shepton Mallet

  • 24 July 2016, 10:34 am
  • By Claire
  • in Shepton Mallet Prison

January 2013: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced that Shepton Mallet would be one of seven prisons that would be closed in a bid to save £63 million a year in running costs across the six prisons. The proposed super prisons would be around 25% bi[...]

The Hunters Lodge – the Pub that is what it was.

  • 1 May 2016, 8:16 pm
  • By Claire
  • in Back in time

Roger Dors has featured at The Hunters Lodge (near Priddy, Somerset) since 1946, obtaining the publican licence in the early 1970′s following  in his uncle’s footsteps. Much is the same as it always was, dimly lit, bare stone floors, open fir[...]

The dark history at Shepton Mallet Prison during World War II? Was the Dirty Dozen inspired by Shepton Mallet’s gaol and were World War II US servicemen put to death because of their race?

  • 17 April 2016, 4:04 pm
  • By Claire
  • in Back in time

Stephen Harding is an Army veteran, a long-time defence-affairs journalist and his New York Times best-seller “The Last Battle”— the true story of the only time in World War II when American and German troops joined forces and fought together—is c[...]