Bloody Code

The Bloody Code applied death sentences to a growing number of crimes, while others attracted cruel penalties of mutilation, burning and whipping.

Convicts in Kent

A part of Kent’s penal legacy is its role in the domestic convict system that replaced transportation.

Chatham Convict Prison

Chatham convict prison opened in 1856. It was a ‘public works’ prison, built to accommodate convicts who would hitherto have been sentenced to transportation.

Maidstone Convict Prison

Maidstone convict prison opened in 1909, built alongside the town’s nineteenth-century local jail.