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Tim Gainey

In addition to the army presence, another incongruous addition to the National Park's cultural tapestry is Princetown Prison. Located in the centre of the moor, the prison's austere granite walls make it look formidable, and it was built to house prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars. During Victorian times it is said to have housed some of Britain's most dangerous criminals and earned a reputation as being 'escape proof' – but for most of its existence it has been a prison for so-called 'white collar' prisoners, and is today a Category C facility.


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