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The Beast of Parkhurst Prison.

Sitting Prisoner

Location: Parkhurst (Isle of Wight) - Parkhurst Prison (known now as HMP Isle of Wight), unstated cell in A Wing
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: A prisoner who committed suicide in the jail reportedly returned to his cell after death and was seen with his legs dangling over the edge of his former bunk. Newspapers reported that the shade caused other inmates to demand relocation to other cells. Another entity nicknamed the 'Beast of Parkhurst Prison' is rumoured to be half man and half bat and lurks on the rooftops, feeding off pigeons.

Napoleonic Prisoners

Location: Princetown (Devon) - Prison burial ground
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A burial place for French POWs, their shades still lurk in the area.


Location: Redditch (Hereford & Worcester) - Blackhill (or Brockhill) Women's Prison, on the grounds of Hewell Grange
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: Several people reported seeing a ghost in a habit pass through a wall inside the prison complex. Staff at the prison have also reported feeling 'uneasy' at night.

Self-Locking Door

Location: SE1 (Greater London) - Lollards Prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The prison is thought to contain the spirits of many a former inmate, with one door renowned for locking and unlocking itself.

White Lady

Location: Shepton Mallet (Somerset) - HMP Shepton Mallet (former prison)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century (White Lady), Circa 2008 (American Serviceman)
Further Comments: Believed by staff at the prison to be the ghost of a woman executed there during the seventeenth century, this female presence was blamed for every cold spot and freak gust of wind within the building. More recently, staff have reported the ghost of an American serviceman, thought to be related to the period when the site was used by the US military.

A ghostly dog.

Small White Dog

Location: Stretton (Rutland) - Stocken Hall Farm (now part of an open prison?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: This pallid mutt was seen by many people on the site who would try to interact with it, only realising it was a ghost when it vanished before they could touch it. The building was also home to a woman in black who would be seen moving quickly down a corridor, and a ghostly hanging body that dangled from a tree on the grounds.


Location: SW18 (Greater London) - Wandsworth Prison
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in grey, Annie is sometimes seen by prisoners and staff alike drifting around the corridors of the building.


Location: Wakefield (Yorkshire) - HMP Wakefield Prison, cell D336
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2007
Further Comments: The Argus newspaper reported that Harold Shipman's former cell is reputedly haunted by the serial killer, though staff at the prison attribute the 'scary noises' to men in nearby cells.

The old Debtors Prison in York.

Mary Bateman

Location: York (Yorkshire) - Debtors Prison
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of Mary Bateman would appear during the witching hour and could have been the entity that became well known for playing pranks on prisoners.

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