History 3 - March Zoom Meeting
Wed 24th March, 10 am: History 3,
'A History of Dartmoor Prison: The Early Years'
speaker Tony Westaway
Planned for closure in 2023, this 200+ year old prison is one of Devon's leading tourist attractions. It has proved the inspiration for film makers, TV shows and novelists. The story of how it came to be built in an almost inaccessible and competely desolate part of England is intriguing as is its links to the gambling debts of a member of the Royal family. The story is full of amazing characters, mutinies, riots, escapes and even opera!
It is impossible to cover all 200+ years in 45 minutes and so Tony's talk will concentrate on the early years.