Gloucester Prison started life as a county gaol in 1791. It continued to house inmates right up to its closure in March 2013. Some of the most notorious criminals, including serial killers, were held here.
Extension refurbishment took place in 1840 and improvements and extensions took place later in the 1900s.
Around 120 prisoners, both men and woman were executed at the prison between 1792 and 1939. Despite the last hanging taking place in 1939, the gallows were not dismantled until 1966 with the abolition of the death penalty. Bodies of executed prisoners remain in the grounds of the prison.
Recent discoveries have unveiled that a Norman castle once existed on the site. Remains of a wall were discovered in the former exercise yard in 2015.
There has been numerous sightings a woman believed to have been murdered before the prison was built. She is believed to have lived in the 15th Century and was seen by both staff and inmates and has acquired the name ‘Jenny’.
Disembodied footsteps are heard, doors slam closed on their own and dark shadows are seen. It seems that spirits of past inmates try to carry out revenge on the guards. It is said a prison guard was once locked in a room that didn’t even have a lock on the door!
There are stories of a seance that was carried out by inmates in 1969. In cell 25A, they attempted to make contact with the spirit of Jenny. Books and a plant pot were allegedly thrown around the cell by unseen hands!
Are you ready to explore this vast, eerie prison? Do the prisoners still remain in Gloucester Prison?
YOUR HOSTS: Haunted Cells Ltd
YOUR EVENT: This location has a long history of grimness, death and executions with criminals still buried underneath the prison. Some of the most famous serial killers have been behind bars here such as the notorious Fred West.
Gloucester opened as a County Gaol in 1791 and was substantially rebuilt in 1840. Hangings were carried out at the site using a “New Drop” style gallows erected on the roof of the prison gatehouse and continued on the new gatehouse roof when it was built in 1826. Between 1792 and 1864, 102 prisoners were hanged in public, comprising 94 men and eight women.
A new execution chamber was built on the end wall of A Wing in 1912. It had with two folding doors between it and the condemned cell. This was used for six hangings, including that of Herbert Armstrong in 1922. The last hanging here was in 1939 but the execution chamber was not dismantled until 1966, after abolition of the death penalty. Its outline can still be seen on the end wall of A Wing.
There is just so much history, we cannot list it all!
You will have access to many areas including A/B/C Wing and Healthcare (old Debtors Prison)
Your evening includes:-
* Opportunity to explore many areas of this huge prison including all the wings/ Kitchen/ Chapel and the old Debtors Prison
*Chance to use real investigation equipment such as K2 Meters, Ghost Boxes and EVP Sound recording devices
*FREE TIME to conduct your own investigating
* Free refreshments
Toilets and Refreshments:- Toilets on site, we can provide bottled water and sealed snacks, please feel free to bring your own refreshments or flasks if you would prefer to do so
OPTIONAL SLEEPOVER – £19
Now is your opportunity to SLEEP in this chilling, haunted prison!
Yes , you heard me right! We are offering just 20 spaces for any courageous ghost hunters to sleep over.
For an extra £19 Per Person you will be able to sleep in the main wing from 4am, you won’t be able to sleep in any others areas but the wing is seriously haunted! You can go off and carry on investigating but you must sleep in the wing . You will need to bring an air bed, camp bed, sleeping bags and pillows etc as nothing will be provided for you to sleep on.
After a scary night in the prison a well deserved Breakfast will be offered between 9:30am-10:30am ! Breakfast will be a Bacon Roll/ Porridge/ Toast and a hot cuppa!
You will need to leave the site by 11am.
There will be toilet/washing facilities but these will be limited, no showers available.
As these spaces are LIMITED, you will need to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.