Topic: New Plymouth Prison

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New Plymouth Prison was the country's oldest operational prison until its closure in 2013. 

The prison has evolved from its early beginnings in the 1850s as a wooden military hospital located on Pukaka Pa - Marsland Hill.

In 1870 modifications were undertaken to increase the security of the facility - wooden walls were clad in iron and cement floors laid. This was the basis of the current prison.

New Plymouth Prison was a minimum to high-medium facility for 112 prisoners, plus offenders on remand. Although it was added to over the decades, the basic layout and original fabric remain intact. It had the smallest cells (7 x 10ft) in the country. (Source: Registration Report for a Historic Place - Blyss Wagstaff)

On 22 March 2012 it was announced that New Plymouth prison would be closed. The prison was officially closed on 15 March, 2013.


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