A literary delight in Buckingham Old Gaol

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

This 18th century prison is now home to the Flora Thompson collection, renowned author of the semi-autobiographical trilogy, Lark Rise to Candleford.

Buckingham Old Gaol is located in the heart of Buckingham and was built in 1748. The once prison (a number of the original cells still remain and are part of the museum) is now home to a museum, tourist information centre, gift shop and a second hand bookstore.

The museum, based inside the gaol, covers the life and works of Flora Thompson including photographs, early and first edition books, letters written by Flora, as well as a number of personal items.

With Flora using real life villages in her book; Candleford was modelled on Buckingham itself. Why not take a wonder around this historic town and discover all of the delights that Flora would herself have experienced?

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