About Scarborough Jails

Gruel and bread, not fish and chips, was the staple diet of the unfortunate recalcitrants and ne’er do wells who were detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure in Scarborough Jail. Having a pint meant 2 ounces of oatmeal in a pint of water for breakfast and supper; lunch was a pound of bread. Every other day the gruel was sweetened with a small amount of molasses. For those who were “booked in” for more than 21 days, a little bread accompanied the gruel.

For those sentenced to hard labour (breaking rocks in the yard) there was happy hour once a week when they also got a pint of soup!

Strangely for a town renowned for its castle, the prison population were housed on various sites away from the Castle since the 1640s.