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This section provides information on the history and development of the various public institutions found in Herefordshire. These include Hereford Library, the prisons (including life in the prisons, punishments and executions), the workhouses and the life of their inmates, the hospitals, the almshouses, and Non-conformist chapels (including the history of Non-conformism, an explanation of the various denominations, and a gazetteer of chapels in Herefordshire).