Testimony to the builder

Published on 05 March 2018

As rays of sunlight pierce the broken glass of the cell windows and cast their warming light deep into the derelict cells, you can’t help but think of the men that did time in those four cells ripped apart by the demolition blast of 1930.

One can’t help but also admire the work of the builders who, some 160 years ago so skillfully built the formidable Civil Wing here at Bodmin Jail.

Robert Goodyear & Sons of Adelaide Street, East Stonehouse in Plymouth, certainly were master craftsman, and the responsibility of preserving their work now falls upon another generation of skilled craftsman and stonemasons to ensure the buildings are here to admire in another 160 years.

Work is underway and scheduled for completion in 2019 – keep watching for updates…