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Former Shepton Mallet prison for sale for first time in four hundred years

SHEPTON MALLET, 4 March 2014 - A prison in Shepton Mallet that once held more than 180 prisoners and was formerly used as military prison during World War II until 1966, is being put up for sale by property consultants JLL.

Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Shepton Mallet in Somerset, which closed its doors in March 2013 after 403 years of service, includes a range of administration, prison, staff and visitor facilities over two sites separated by Gaol Road.

The northern site is subject to listings, while the southern site comprises a workshop building newer than its counterpart and not subject to a listing.
Paul Baker, director at JLL's Bristol office who is heading the sale, said possible future uses for the 2.99 acre site include housing or a mixed-used development.
Paul Baker continued:
“This presents a fantastic opportunity for this historic site to be given a new lease of life that will benefit both the local community and the surrounding areas.
“Though some of the buildings are listed, there are significant opportunities to sympathetically convert and modernise the buildings and we expect to see considerable interest in the site.”
Originally built in 1610, the former HMP Shepton Mallet lies a short walk from the town centre.​