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Old Gaol, 40A Somerset Street, Grahamstown

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Post date: 07/08/2012
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History: The Construction of this gaol commenced on 16 April 1813. In April 1822 the Magistrate of Albany reported that the gaol was to small and was offensive in that a residential area adjoined it. It was in 1824 whereafter it became a school and later a library.
Visual Description: Perimeter wall around three sides. Front range with pediment missing. Slate roof to front. Corrugated elsewhere. Brickword plastered. Mainly single storeyed. Centre block double storey.
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Condition: Average
Construction Date: 1823-1824
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Catalogue: Radford 1989 (a), No: A.02, Significance Category:

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The Old goal was designed by architect William Oliver Jones and constructed between 1823-1824 at a cost of 70 000 rix dollars, designed to house 200 prisoners. There are 24 cells, which made approx. 8 persons per cell. The goal cosisted of goaler's qua Bibliography archive:
 
 

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