Gallery 7: The Cells

The condemned prisoners cell

Take a moment to sit in the debtors' cell that is opened for that purpose. Look around at the board walls, the floor and listen to the noise of the passing traffic. Try to imagine what it would be like two or three hundred years ago. As you contemplate the condemned cell remember that this would be the last place you would have seen before you ended your days either hanged or transported to the colonies. For a small market town Ely had its share of high profile cases. Recalcitrants burned on the Palace Green and the detention, trial and execution of the Littleport Rioters; an event that made national news.

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