Bodmin Jail
  • Bodmin Jail

  • Event Date : Saturday, 07 May 2016
  • Start Time  : 10pm
  • End Time    : 5am
  • Address      : Berrycoombe Rd Bodmin PL31 2NR

About this location

Southern Ghost Society have been given the opportunity to investigate this amazing location, and we are give 15 people the chance to be locked in when the lights go out.

During our 2012 visit to Jamaica Inn, we took a day trip to Bodmin Jail and the team automatically knew we had to return for a investigation.

In 1778 the building of an institution for serious offenders was granted. A house of correction was to be a milestone in design and planned to house both men and women,totally segregated of course!

The prison would boast hot and cold water, an infirmary, a chapel and even individual sleeping cells and those sent there could even earn money for their work.

As time moved on crime rates rose plans changed and by 1820 all cells were occupied by multiple criminals and by 1850 the buildings were declared unfit for purpose.

These changes were much needed as due to changes in Parliament,prisons needed to be total segregation for the different class of prisoners This resulted in over 20 different classes of prisoners which meant that each group had to be housed in separate sleeping areas and workshops.

In the late 1850s 220 cells were built which at the time was seen as excessive for the number of prisoners in Cornwall.

This lead to part of the prison being transferred to the Royal Navy and H.M In 1887. The female section of the prison was closed in 1911, the male civil prison was not used after 1916 as the prisoners and staff went to war. The Naval Prison closed in 1922 and all the buildings were sold in 1929.

During this time the prison witnessed 60 executions in including eight females. From 1802 to 1828, a drop gallows was used in the field outside the front of the gaol. A new drop over the main gate was used between 1834 and 1856

The location of the hangings took place in two different parts of the site as its first location was deemed illegal as it was not public enough.

During World War I the prison was deemed worthy of holding some of Britain's most priceless national treasures including the Domesday Book and the Crown Jewels.

The last act written in the this amazing locations history was its final one. Leonard Browett the final governor was seen to lock the doors, stroll across the courtyard to the execution shed and toss the key into the trapdoor pit below. Quite fitting that the last thing to fall into the death pit was the master key to the Prison.

With such a sinister past is there any wonder that this is reported to be one of the most haunted venues in the UK today.

Countless reports of rattling keys, footsteps and the sounds of dragging from terrified witnesses. People flee with the feeling of dread and the sight of a black shadow walking the balconies above.

With people not lasting more than a few minutes certain areas, we are sure in for a night we will never forget.

Dare you put your self to the ultimate test and spend a night in the infamous Bodim Jail

As a group we are there to facilitate your evening as much as run it so for an idea of the types of investigation you will be involved in please see our equipment page

Included on this event

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Use of Equipment