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David Ford, History Editor Ancient York
by David Nash Ford BA,
Editor, History on Britannia

Dick Turpin's Cell
In the York Castle Museum

Dick Turpin's Cell After a notorious career of highway robbery and horse stealing, both in Yorkshire and London & Essex, the infamous Dick Turpin was finally arrested in 1738 at Brough (East Yorkshire) for threatening behaviour, after shooting a game-cock in the street and ruffing - up a local labourer you objected.

While in the Beverley House of Correction, evidence of his horse stealing activities was uncovered and Dick was removed to the prison at York Castle. The bleak condemned cell where he was kept in chains can still be seen today, preserved in the Debtors' Prison of the York Castle Museum.

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