Stirling Old Town Jail began life as the ‘New County Jail’ after Stirling’s first prison was labeled “the worst prison in Britain” by the Inspector Of Prisons for Scotland.
It was opened in 1847 and prisoners from Stirling’s Tolbooth Gaol were transferred across the road and into their new place of incarceration. The prison was still hard compared to today’s standards, but luxury compared to the previous alternative. Prisoners were fed and paid work and education were offered to those willing.
Punishment had moved on but was no less harsh. The ‘Crank- Machine’ was a device that required prisoners to turn a handle which enabled sand to be scooped up and then dropped again by a barrel on the wall. A fruitless exercise, and yet one that was no doubt hard, tiring and extremely frustrating. A ‘Dark Room’ was also used as a dark solitary confinement for prisoners in need of extra punishment.
The prison spent many years serving the military from 1888 right through to the 1950s when it was abandoned and began to fall into disrepair. It was fortunately saved, restored and is now a cherished visitor attraction.
Despite the fact that the jail has not been investigated very much as of yet, the reports of hauntings are plentiful!
Poltergeist activity is said to be common and many visitors report being touched by unseen hands. The sounds of children crying are reported, as well as the eerie sounds of something heavy being dragged down the corridors! Dark shadows have also been witnesses around the jail.
Are you ready to investigate the dark walls of Stirling Old Town Jail to discover who may still remain way past their time?
YOUR HOSTS: Haunting Nights
YOUR EVENT: Join Haunted Nights as we travel north this time for an experience into the unknown at one of Scotland’s Unforgiving Victorian. This 18th Century prison is unique & rarely investigated by others and we invite you to join us for an evening ghost hunting to find the spirits of the Old Town Jail.
Throughout the night tea/coffee and light refreshments will be available . Haunting Nights looks forward to welcoming you to this fabulous location. Terms and Conditions apply.