HMP Shrewsbury - Haunted History

HMP Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

There's been a prison on the site since 1793, however the building as it currently stands was built in 1877. The prison has seen thousands of prisoners come and go over the years, including women up until 1922. The prison walls have witnessed many deaths over the years, including, murders, and inmates taking their own lives, so many suicides in fact that an enquiry was opened after three inmates hanged themselves over a period of just two weeks. 
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The prison's A-wing is said to be the most haunted, perhaps due to its dark history of suicides resulting in sad, angry souls being trapped between this world and the next. Most of those who took their own live did so on A-wing, at one point there was one a week.

Plenty of judicial execution were also carried out at the prison. In 1885 five prisoners were hanged in a single day. The hanging room was used until 1961, and was then converted into a group session room. This is said to be a very active area, possibly due to its location next to the condemned cell and with the mortuary is underneath it.

In 2016 while Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman were filming an episode of the US ghost hunting show, 'Paranormal Lockdown' in the prison, they caught some compelling evidence in the execution room. While Nick was alone in the hanging room he saw the noose suddenly jerk and begin to swing.

The moment was caught on camera and the footage seems to confirm that Nick was was alone in the room at the time and that all the windows in the room were closed, which rules out the possibility of a draught causing the movement.

When the prison was in operation, some officers refused to work in C Wing alone at night, they've reported being pushed down stairs, hearing doors slamming, noises like moving all around them, and footsteps. It's said the atmosphere can change in the blink of an eye.

It is believed that one of the female prisoners has refused to leave, she has been seen dressed in a grey uniform many times walking the upper levels. She walks from cell 3 toward the execution room.

HMP Shrewsbury Features In

August 18, 2016Most Haunted At HMP Shrewsbury - A-Wing
August 25, 2016Most Haunted At HMP Shrewsbury - Back Rooms
September 01, 2016Most Haunted At HMP Shrewsbury - C-Wing
October 31, 2016Most Haunted Halloween Special: HMP Shrewsbury ๐ŸŽƒ
February 06, 2020The Ouija Brothers Inside Britain's Most Haunted Prison
February 26, 2020HMP Shrewsbury - The ParaPod Series 4, Episode 2 Review
August 27, 2020Paranormal Lockdown US: HM Prison Shrewsbury

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