Last week me and some friends went to Bodmin Jail and what better day to go on than Friday 13th. It was an interesting if slightly run down looking tourist attraction and huge on the inside, much bigger than it looked on the outside. While I didn't see the ghosts of any prisoners a couple of things stuck out as blogworthy.
First an amusing typo. Now I'm not one to grouse about spelling errors, and I'm not here, I just thought this one was quite funny. The Jail was built in 1779 for King George III, but for some reason on the laminated sheets of information around the jail this was written as “King George 111”.
I'm no history buff but I'm pretty sure there weren't one-hundred and eleven King Georges.
Secondly one of the many illustrative dummies inhabiting the old cells bore a striking resemblance to an older Harry Potter. It wasn't just me and my friends who spotted this, overheard some other tourists making the same observation a bit later on.
Poor guy looks quite rough. My guess is he got divorced from Ginny in the future, went off the rails, zapped himself back to the past and got arrested for performing wizard-craft.
Anyways despite the slightly hinky information boards Bodmin Jail is a definite Cornish must-see for anyone with a taste for the macabre.
Mark is a freelance writer specialising in gadgets, mobile technology and television. He mainly writes for other people but has two websites of his own, one is a blog about all things futuristic the other a children's poetry site.