Prisoners were sent to Nottingham before this time. Charles Dickens viewpoint was one of the old prisons stood on the edge of Markeaton Brook which was exposed to filth and damp; as if they wanted to drown the prisoner before they hanged him.
Three prisoners actually drowned in 1610 because the brook had risen and flooded into the cells with no one unable to release them. The accommodation of the gaol was street level while the cells were beneath this and level with the brook. The brook was also the towns sewer so the jail became a foul stinking place for the prisoners. This gaol was in the Corn Market and the bridge over the brook near the corner of Albert Street was called the Gaol Bridge. The building remained in use until 1756. There are no traces of this prison that had existed then today.