More of Lancaster Castle could be open to public

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MORE of Lancaster Castle could be open to the public this year after the Duchy of Lancaster announced it was re-taking possession of the building.

HMP Lancaster Castle was controversially closed as a prison in April 2011 by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), with prisoners being relocated to other institutions in the North West.

Initially, the Duchy of Lancaster, which manages the castle on behalf of the Queen, said that the MoJ would have to look after the historic building until 2014 as part of a three-year lease termination agreement.

But the Duchy announced this week that it would take possession of the building on January 11 “to relieve the MoJ, and the taxpayer, of the continuing liability of the castle”.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-01-12) for full story.