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Built in 1809 Dartmoor prison was used to house French prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars and American prisoners of war during the War of 1812. It was unoccupied for 30 years and later became a criminal prison from 1850 onward.
Dartmoor convict prison

Lists of Convicts

Dartmoor Convict Prison, 1871 Index of Prisoners:
Surnames A-K ~ Surnames L-Z

Dartmoor Convict Prison
1891 Index of prisoners

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    History of Dartmoor Prison
    by Trevor James

  • War of 1812 Prisoners of War

    American Prisoners of War from the War of 1812
    List of American deaths at Dartmoor prison 1813 - 1815

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    Photos taken at HMP Dartmoor American POW Cemetery
    Photos taken before cleanup and restoration started

    History of American prisoners of war
    Interesting information about the prison

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