The Victorian Cells Beneath Ayr Town Hall

The Victorian Cells Beneath Ayr Town Hall

Beneath the town hall in the Scottish town of Ayr, lie 12 Victorian prison cells which although fully preserved are now used to store the janitors tools.

The historic cells even have their original doors with closable viewing slots and heavy steel hinges. One can sense the despair of the individuals that would once been incarcerated in these subterranean rooms.

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Due to the fact they are seldom open for public viewing the historical chambers are in excellent condition.

On the rare occasions that the basement is open, (as it has been for the photographer to take the images used here,) it serves as a time capsule, giving us a wonderful insight into a time when Dickensian ‘criminals’ would have been held in such cells.

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