Amazing secrets of prison life at HMP Gloucester revealed
Prison life during 250 years of HMP Gloucester came to life today as the doors of the jail were opened to the public.
Around 560 people will see what life what like at the historic institution during 28 tours taking place this weekend as part of Heritage Open Days.
Visitors are given the chance to see every walk of prison life, from the gymnasium to the chapel and from the prison wing to the 'condemned man's cell'.
They will even see where prison hangings took place and be taken into 'The Box', an isolated, square cell.
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Prison officers who used to work at HMP Gloucester are leading the tours.
Another 500 tickets have been made available for next weekend as demand for the tours has been so high.
What is clear from the tour is that the prison holds fond memories for the officers who worked there for 10, 15 and even 20 years.
VIDEO: Supervising officer Simon Thomas recalls life on the A wing of HMP Gloucester:
Custodial manager Jim Sweeney, who worked at the prison on and off for 14 years, said: "There is a lot of history here and that is why we are so passionate about it."
Supervising officer Simon Thomas, who worked at the prison for 18 years until it closed in March this year, said: "There are a tremendous amount of memories. It is sad what happened to it but I suppose you can't stand in the way of progress.
"We were a bit of a community and the prisoners knew us. In some cases it was like seeing your children grow up. We have almost been like substitute parents for some of the lads.
"I would see these lads a lot more than I would see my own wife so you learn to get along with each other."
In Monday's Gloucester Citizen, reporter Mike Wilkinson and photographer Michael Smith will take you on an intimate journey around the prison, revealing some of the most fascinating stories from the prison's long history.