Eight-year-old John Cook was held in the adult prison at Lincoln Castle accused of setting fire to a haystack.
The jury recommended leniency but the judge sentenced him to ten years’ imprisonment. Tragically, he fell ill, was released from prison, and died.
It’s these kind of stories, as well as excerpts from staff journals, that bring the prison to life for visitors.
Films also help to explain the past, both in the prison and in the Magna Carta vault, where two films – one leading up to the signing of the charter and the other explaining its significance – are shown on a wide screen.
For visitors who want to get the most out of their visit, there are four or five guided tours a day, as well as an audio guide.
There is an all-inclusive entry ticket, covering the wall walk, the Magna Carta vault as well as the Victorian prison.
These are £12 for adults (which allows a free return visit, including event days), £9.60 concessions and £7.20 children – a family ticket for two adults and up to three children costs £31.20.
Alternatively, visitors can visit the elements separately at reduced prices.
There is also a castle (open 10am to 5pm) and Lincoln Cathedral join ticket: £16, £13, £10 and £40 for families.
Entry to the grounds themselves is free and is worth a visit, if only for a picnic on the grassy slopes.
The grounds also contain an Eleanor Cross, Oriel window, statue of George III and the Heritage Skills Centre.