Shepton Mallet is a disused prison with over 400 years of history. During the Second World War, the building was used by the American Military. After this time, it became a British Military prison. The Kray twins were held here for a time whilst serving out their National Service after absconding. In the 1960s, the prison was returned to civilian use.
Conditions at the prison during the Georgian era were horrendous. Disease was rife, and prisoners were described as being emaciated. There is little doubt that many deaths occurred during these early times. Many executions have taken place at Shepton Mallet. Records of any executions before the late 1800s are not known of. There are at least 25 recorded executions up until 1926. Recorded suicides from more recent years also exist.
Before its closure in 2013, Shepton Mallet prison had gained the title of Britain’s oldest working prison.
Two known spirits haunting the prison are believed to be an American Serviceman and a woman in white. This woman has been seen many times by staff working at the prison, and she is believed to have been a prisoner in the 1600s.
Full bodied apparitions have been seen and many report that uneasy feeling of being watched by unseen eyes.
Shepton Mallet has gained the reputation as being one of England’s most haunted buildings. Are you brave enough to explore the building were so many were incarcerated and executed?
YOUR HOSTS: Haunted Houses Events Ltd
YOUR EVENT: Venture on an overnight ghost hunt around the infamous HMP Shepton Mallet – also known as Cornhill. Will you be brave enough to spend time in the condemned cell??? Your ghost hunt at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, will see you exploring this location in the dark when everybody else you know has gone to bed.
This location is very popular so early booking is well advised.