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Shepton Mallet Prison: 'If these walls could speak…'

PUBLISHED March 29, 2013

At noon yesterday in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet, the great hardwood doors of Britain's oldest working prison slammed shut for good. A tearful procession of prison guards walked quietly out as a military band from nearby Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton played the national anthem, the weak sun glinting off their instruments. Its Union flag was lowered. Then an eerie silence descended on HMP Shepton Mallet.