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Former prison sold for 450,000

A former Liverpool prison, which was used as the city's main jail for more than 130 years, has been sold at auction for £450,000.

The Main Bridewell, a Grade II-listed building on Cheapside, off Dale Street, opened in 1866 and closed in 1999.

The building, put up for sale by the Merseyside Police Authority, is made up of 47 cells over four floors.

A spokeswoman for the authority said it was believed to have been sold to a Wirral-based property developer.

The jail was built to house petty criminals, and later to hold people overnight ahead of court appearances.

In 2004 developers discussed turning the building into a luxury hotel.

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