Many Tudor Essex men and women spent their final days in terrible conditions in this prison including many poor souls from Great Dunmow.
- Protestant martyr, Thomas Bowyer, was thrown in here in 1556 before being taken to prison in London. Read his story here: The weaver of Great Dunmow.
- Alice Prestmary, witch of Great Dunmow, died here of gaol fever on 7 May 1567. Read her story here: Witchcraft in Tudor Great Dunmow.
Sketch by Thomas Dugdale, c1848
Ground plan c1807
Plan of the castle c1780
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