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Prisoners who would previously have been sent to Lancaster now came to Kirkdale, and a good number were executed here in public.
The building itself was at the end of Sessions Road (appropriately), a place used since its demolition in 1897 as a recreation ground.
While Kirkdale was still an open landscape, a large gaol was constructed, incorporating a courthouse.
Eyebrows were raised in Liverpool around the need for such as huge house of correction, which was said to be able to hold the entire population of Liverpool at the date it opened (1818).
In 1835 the court moved to Liverpool itself (eventually to St George’s Hall), but the gaol’s catchment area covered the whole of south Lancashire.When the need for such institutions fell out of favour in the 20th century, the building became the Kirkdale Homes for the Aged and Infirm, and were eventually taken into ownership by the council and Hospital Board.Now, however, the buildings have been demolished, and a network of modern roads and houses occupy the site.The Perry map of 1768 shows the Old Hall as a large house with wings and gardens to one side.In the hundred years which followed this, the house was gradually altered and eventually demolished.