The Prince of Wales to visit The Old Prison in Northleach

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales will visit The Old Prison in Northleach on Tuesday 28 July and will be meeting with volunteers and members from The Friends of the Cotswolds.

The Prince is set to visit the Grade II* listed Georgian old prison which is now a visitor attraction, café, and home to the Lloyd-Baker Rural Life collection and the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

The Prince will tour The Old Prison which will include an opportunity to see a Cotswold dry-stone walling demonstration, observe a number of rural craftsmen including local blacksmith Richard Williams, thatcher Dan Quartermain leading a thatching course and a party of spinners and weavers, two Cotswold Lions and various items from the rural collection.

The Friends of the Cotswolds have invited The Prince to see some of the activities run in partnership with the Conservation Board and to learn about the exciting developments and plans for the building in the future.

The Friends in partnership with the Conservation Board are looking further develop the community heritage complex with a large new gallery to showcase and interpret the nationally important collection of agricultural bygones. The new look centre will act as a central hub for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), helping to deepen understanding and appreciation of the significance of this special landscape through volunteer-led hands-on activities and demonstrations and interactive interpretation. The centre will also continue to focus on building and strengthening the Board's existing rural skills training programme, and would seek to be a showcase for sustainable energy conservation and production within the context of a historic building.

Simon Randall, Chairman of The Friends of the Cotswolds says: “The Friends own The Old Prison and raise funds for a wide range of projects including a planned Cotswolds Crafts Apprenticeship Scheme and with the support of the Cotswolds Conservation Board promotes The Old Prison as a visitor attraction, and heritage site.

The visit by The Prince will highlight what an exciting heritage attraction The Old Prison is and how the future plans could further enhance the site.”


Liz Eyre, Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board says: “The Board is delighted to co-host the visit by The Prince to The Old Prison. The site is a central hub for the Cotswolds AONB helping to deepen understanding and appreciation of the special landscape. The Prince’s visit is timely, as next year the Cotswolds AONB will celebrate its 50th anniversary since being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

The Prince will arrive at The Old Prison and will be received by HM Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter who will present Roger Head the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Cllr Graham Morgan Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council and Cllr Mark Annett Chairman of Cotswold District Council.