Standing at the gateway of the Royal Forest of Dean, this former house of correction Littledean Gaol was designed and built by the pioneer of prison reform. Sir George Onesiphorous Paul and leading prison architect of his day-William Blackburn.
As a result of the sudden death of Blackburn it was completed under the supervision of his new brother in law , architect William Hobson in 1791. This remarkable Grade II listed building was built as the most up to date, revolutionary house of correction of its time, and was later seen as the government’s role model for London’s Pentonville Prison and taken across the seas for the world famous Philadelphian Cherry hill Penitentiary System in America. It was built for the miserly sum of £1,650. The building work was started in 1788 by Gabriel Rogers, who went bankrupt as a result of not being able to complete the work at such low costs. London builder J. Fentiman was brought in to finish the job.
In 1854 Littledean Gaol was no longer used as a house of correction, used instead as a police station, remand prison and petty sessional Court from 1874. It was also to serve as as a headquarters for the county’s mounted police, stabling horses here inside this one time treadmill outbuilding.
It was used as a barracks and archive store during the war for Gloucester Cathedral and the county’s Public Records Office. Since it,s opening in 2005 the Gaol has attracted many ghost hunters, paranormal investigators and mediums from all the over the world hoping to discover something far less sinister than the jailor.
Join Ghostcallers UK as we take you on a journey of terror and plenty of screams where horror lurks around every corner of this formidible prison.
what other secrets will this location give up ?
Are you brave enough to conduct your own vigil in the prison block with it,s dark foreboding atmosphere or dare you sit in the Electric chair where people have been physically dragged out whilst sitting in it.
Enter the stables at your peril. Crying of children has been heard on many occasions in the child cells and the sound of footsteps have been heard in the courtyard, could this be the spirit of the governer of this eeire prison or is it something far more sinister ?
So turn off your torches and get your nightvision cameras at the ready as Ghostcallers UK lead you into the darkness of Littledean gaol!
When the lights go out will you survive?