On 1 April 1995, HM Prisons Thorp Arch and Rudgate amalgamated to form HMP Wealstun. This was an historic development for the Prison Service, and had the effect of creating a Category C (closed) and Category D (open) prison as one establishment on a single site. In 2008 the open prison closed and the prison underwent a conversion to provide additional category C places, the full prison commenced operation in May 2010 and can now accommodate 832 prisoners.
Wealstun is located in a rural area of West Yorkshire, close to the market town of Wetherby, and is built on a former munitions site, traces of which can still been around the jail today.
Thorp Arch, Wetherby LS23 7AZ