Bodmin Jail located in Cornwall, England, is going to be transformed into a luxury hotel. The historic jail was used to store the Crown Jewels during World War I.
This month, building began to convert the cells of Bodmin Jail into a 63-bedroom hotel and a state-of-the-art visitor experience and museum. The jail was in use for over 150 years, before being closed down in 1927, when its ruins became a popular Cornish tourist attraction.
Led by the firm Twelve Architects, the conversion will see two former blocks of prison cells converted into luxury ensuite bedrooms. As the building is Grade II listed, care will be taken to preserve as much of its history as possible. Its dark part inculdes being the site of over 50 hangings, and the hangman’s noose will thus be on display.
Bodmin Jail To Become Hotel and Museum
The jail’s Governor’s Hall will also be transformed by Twelve Architects into a restaurant and venue for hire. They have called the construction in the jail, which has walls up to one meter thick, “technically challenging”.
A nearby new building will also house the ‘Dark Walk’ attraction for visitors. Housing artifacts, films, and projections, this museum will bring to life the history of Bodmin Jail and the surrounding area in the 18th and 19th centuries. It will also look at the experiences of the inmates who were once housed there.
One major issue with the transformation of Bodmin Jail was the nine species of bat that have taken up residence in its ruins. Bats are protected under UK conservation laws, and Twelve architects plan to work with ecologists to create a ‘bat bungalow’ for them to move to.
Bodmin Jail is set to reopen as a hotel in 2019. For more information, visit their official website.