In a street in Wells, called Guard House Lane, is a plaque erected by the civic society that reads: Guardhouse Lane takes its name from its eighteenth-century guardhouse - the tall building 50 metres down on the right-hand side. The Napoleonic Wars of the late 1790s and early 1800s saw a new warfare of mass armies and large fleets. This made necessary the first serious attempt to house prisoners-of-war in specially built prisons or prison camps, as on Dartmoor or at Norman Cross near Peterborough. Captured French soldiers and sailors were landed at Dorset ports, and marched about 20 miles a day, lodging en route at specially constructed staging-posts. Wells Guardhouse was the last overnight stop for other ranks before reaching the newly enlarged Stapleton Prison at Bristol. Has anyone else come across these - it suggests a semi-national system - but I can find no other information about it/them. Chris Webster Historic Environment Record Somerset County Council Somerset Heritage Centre Brunel Way Taunton TA2 6SF 01823 347434 Online HER: www.somerset.gov.uk/her This communication is intended solely for the person (s) or organisation to whom it is addressed. It may contain privileged and confidential information and if you are not the intended recipient (s), you must not copy, distribute or take any action in reliance on it. If you have received this e-mail in error please notify the sender and copy the message to [log in to unmask] Individuals are advised that by replying to, or sending an e-mail message to Somerset County Council, you accept that you have no explicit or implicit expectation of privacy. In line with the Surveillance and Monitoring Policy, any e-mail messages (and attachments) transmitted over the Council's network may be subject to scrutiny.