Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Thursday, 5 August 2010
A video worth watching in my humble opinion. Ignore the strange visuals which I think are something to do with the peoplw over at http://www.oldholborn.net (always a good read). The voice which starts at about 1.03 in is David Icke's (although slightly manipulated) and is taken from the end of one of his seven hour plus shows. I've become a bit of a follower of David's over the past few years and whilst I agree that some of what he has to say is a bit "out there" a lot of the things he has to say make an awful lot of sense...
Embedding has been disabled so you'll have to click play and then click on the link to watch it on youtube.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Sunday, 18 July 2010
One of the creepiest moments was a trip into the Old Cells which were built facing inward and therefore there is no external source of light. You are given the opportunity on the tour to experience being locked in one of these tiny rooms. I ventured in with around ten other hardy souls and listened as the door was bolted and the light turned off - it was pitch black! So dark that you really were not able to see your hand in front of your face. It was a fun to experience knowing that I would be out of there in a minute or two but my mind did wander to the poor souls who were left to rot here for such heinous crimes as bankruptcy.
A look at the prisoner database on the castle's website reveals that a James Naylor was convicted of stealing two cows in Manchester in 1818, a crime for which he was sentenced to death! Luckily for him he was reprieved and it is likely therefore that he was transported to either America, the West Indies or Australia. In the same year a Thomas Dawson was convicted of horse theft although we are not told what his sentence was.
Around ten years ago the castle was being decorated and the painters apparently left their ladders unlocked. This gave two prisoners the opportunity to escape, one of whom was desperate to see his newborn daughter. They used the ladders to scale up onto the roof and then straddled them from the edge of one of the forty foot walls (above - the highest of any prison in the UK) as the alarms started ringing around them. The first prisoner made it across but the second wasn't so lucky and he fell the length of the wall. He did survive and the other prisoner was picked up a couple of days later at his mother's house. Both received and extra 18 months onto their sentence.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Some look a lot more delicate than others, although I would say there aren't many that are very robust...