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Gaol Routine

An Overview of Arrival

After sentencing on arrival at Bedford Prison the prisoners would be given a warm or usually cold bath, have their hair cut. They would be examined by a surgeon and their personal details recorded. Remand prisoners were allowed to wear their own clothes but all others were issued with standard prison uniform.

Any prisoners under sentence of death were taken to a special cell where they were constantly watched away from the other prisoners.

Prisoners awaiting transportation were sent to convict gaols to await deportation after spending the first part of their sentence in the gaol from which they were convicted. They would arrive at the gaol with their caption papers stating date of conviction offence and length of service. As with other gaols they would then be bathed and examined their hair would be cut and the prison rules read to them before being assigned to a cell.