There are numerous recorded sentences passed down of people being sentenced to hard labour in the prison, including a woman receiving 4 months with hard labour for theft of a boy’s jacket and trousers from her landlord, a twenty year old man who received 12 months for having the temerity to plead not guilty to the theft of a 5/- fishing line.

Most notably who, for passing a counterfeit florin (10p in modern parlance), and having 50 others in his possession was given the maximum 4 years by the Recorder at the local Quarter Sessions. In keeping with the mood of the day the Recorder was much disturbed that he could not incarcerate him for 7 years. (plus la change, plus la meme chose)!